Carlos Checa Retiring from Motorcycle Racing

10/18/2013 @ 10:56 am, by David Emmett18 COMMENTS


Carlos Checa is to retire from racing. The 41-year-old Spaniard had been forced to skip the last four rounds of the 2013 World Superbike season after crashing heavily during practice at the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey, fracturing his pelvis. That injury, and the lack of a strong offer for the 2014 season, caused Checa to decide to retire.

Checa’s final season has been a very hard one, the Spanish veteran struggling to get to grips with the Ducati Panigale, while the Alstare team battled Ducati over the lack of development for Ducati’s flagship superbike.

After a solitary pole at the first race of the year in Phillip Island, Checa’s season has proven to be fruitless — managing not a single podium and scoring just 80 points, which puts him currently 15th in the standings.

Checa had held talks with both his former team Althea Racing and with Kawasaki, but after Kawasaki re-signed Loris Baz to race alongside Tom Sykes, Checa felt his best option was to retire.

Checa’s career has been a long one. Checa first entered Grand Prix racing in 1993, where he spent half a season in 125’s and then in 250’s. Checa soon graduated to 500’s with some success, winning two Grand Prix and scoring a total of 24 podiums. His best championship finish was 4th place in 1998, riding a Movistar Honda.

After running out of options in MotoGP after the 2007 season, he switched to World Superbikes, following in the footsteps of Max Biaggi, and with similar success.

He joined the Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team in 2008, winning two races. Two years later, he switched to Ducati, making a return to the factory for which he rode in MotoGP.

The return was successful, Checa becoming WSBK champion in 2011. He leaves racing with an impressive record. From 150 races, Checa took 24 wins and 49 podiums, as well as his one world title.

Checa is due to hold a press conference on Saturday, to announce his retirement officially.

Photo: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Ken C.

    Carlos Checa is a class act. He’ll be missed on the grid.

  • Second the class act remark. Just a really great guy.

  • Will

    Adios Careless Chucker. Always a friendly guy and took the time to speak w/ the fans.

  • I will miss seeing him on post race interview with his gigantic helmet sitting on the press desk.

  • Craig

    Carlos… you will be missed for sure… truly a great talent and some didn’t shine until WSB, but you proved your worth not only riding but being a great ambassador for the sport.

    BTW… will we see you at the Isle of Man next year? Just kidding… :)

  • TexusTim

    and another ducati rider retires this season and for him its the last one.
    great competive rider, he’ll be missed in the bad he had to end it like this.

  • krissrock

    This saddens me. He was the man, and the only rider i felt a connection with as he as very humble man.
    i’m not sure who i’m gonna rooting for next year.
    I’ll still be a ducati fan, but it’s different when you never see your favorite bike on tv cause the rider isn’t competitive. I hope they get someone good to replace him.

    But i wish Carlos all the best.

  • Thanks for all the great racing and being an even better person!! Great rider, great person!

  • damn

    if IT had a frame he would still be riding

  • Afar

    I’m glad. He always pissed me off, when I was playing against him, in the Moto GP game for my old PS2. Of course, I was always Rossi (back when Rossi was worth a damn) and Checa would Fuck up my run, going slow, and I would bang into him. He, of course, would then commence to bang into me and cause me to loose the race. I would then proceed to throw a tantrum, until my dad would start beating me. Yes. I’m glad he’s retiring.

  • gsp75

    Its sad to see these GREAT mature riders retire being an oldie it was always great to see them smash on the young guns being the WORLD CHAMPS for the past years they prove age is just a number !!!

  • MikeD

    One season too late. Should have done when the 1198 went the way of the Dodo.
    Broken Pelvis . . . that’s going to take time to heal.
    Even farting most feel like being in labor for him.
    Best of wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Bruce Monighan

    Checa, Chili, Corser, all cool class act guys. Always hate to see a great guy stop racing but it has to happen. Loved watching that guy race and hearing his thoughts and stories. Going to miss Checa, I was always pulling for him. Have a great retirement Carlos!

  • Stanford Crane

    He is a gentleman and that’s about as good a compliment as anyone should want. He’s also a heck of a rider!

  • Norm G.

    fair thee well Carlos checa. fair thee well mighty warrior.

  • smiler

    He will be missed. Hopefully the exotic finger food will be promoted from Superstocks. He can clearly ride the 1199.

  • zipidachimp

    Good to hear. Have a terrific retirement Carlos. was always pleased to see you on the TV on Sundays, at least until speedtv went into the shitter.
    One thing I always liked about WSBK, the racers were always tough as nails, without the attitudes that permeate MotoGP. The Laguna race was poorer without you.

  • Halfie30

    Nice guy, great at story telling, fun to watch… I will miss this guy a lot!!!