Checa adamant he wants to remain in WSB in 2010

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On form Ten Kate Honda rider Carlos Checa has revealed he wants to race for at least two more years, but will quit WSB if he is unable to find a competitive ride in 2010.

The Spanish veteran showed that he is still a contender I the world championship after finishing second and fifth in the two races at Brno last week, but his season to date has been disappointing.

With one years experience in WSB, Pirelli tyres and the Ten Kate Honda, Checa was expected to be a contender in this years title races. Instead, along with his Ten Kate team-mates, Checa has made a slow start to the season due to the teams winter development of the Honda Fireblade.

In the opening rounds, Checa and Britain’s Jonathan Rea struggled with harsh power delivery and it was only when the team addressed the issues that the results began to improve. The riders have also been helped after the Dutch squad switched from WP suspension to Ohlins Andreani before the Misano race in June.

Speaking to MCN, Checa said:
“I have a good relationship with Ten Kate and with Honda and we are talking about different things. I want to race for one or maybe two more years, but if I can not race at this level in the World Championship then I will stop.”

“My first year in WSB was good, but this year has been difficult. If I look back at my career I am satisfied. I have always had a plan of how my career would work out. I want to continue to do my best but I don’t want to just keep racing on and on. If I race for two more years I will be getting close to 40 and there are many things that I would like to do in my life.”

Checa currently sits eighth in the championship standings, five points behind Tom Sykes. He has scored two podiums so far this year, one at Miller and one in Brno. In 2008 Checa finished fourth in the overall standings with two wins to his credit.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider