The fast right-hander at Turn 3 at MotorLand Aragon was named after Carlos Checa in a ceremony marking 10 years since his maiden podium at Aragon
A decade on from securing his first podium at MotorLand Aragon, 2011 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship title winner Carlos Checa featured in a ceremony to have Turn 3 named after him. The only Spanish rider to win the Championship in WorldSBK to date, Checa marked Aragon’s first appearance on the calendar with a podium finish in front of his home fans.
The 2021 season kicks off at the same venue as Checa’s home heroics a decade prior with the milestone being marked at a special ceremony featuring current WorldSBK riders including six-time Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven), Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) and Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team); the latter making his debut at the venue in WorldSBK.
Reflecting on his 2011 Championship season, Checa said: “Well, for me, 2011 can be summarised as a perfect year. Everything went smoothly, we focussed only on work in preparing every little detail as well as possible, every little moment. I think that year everything came together a little bit by the fact that my personal, mental, physical and mental moment and the technical conditions that I had, and the equipment, let me fight for the Championship.”
He added: “For me, MotorLand is very special. I was on the project since the very beginning and talking about the circuit, I love it because it is one of the most complete circuits in Spain. The third corner is the most special for me because I think it is the most technical one. It’s a blind corner and you have to prepare for it from the first turn. I chose it first because of the emotions. Other than the difficulty, because of the beauty of it.”
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