Brazil: Checa conquers Corcovado

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa enjoyed some extra-curricular excitement in Rio de Janeiro today, taking some time out before this weekend's Rio Grand Prix to visit one of Brazil's most famous landmarks. The statue of Christ known as...

Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha rider Carlos Checa enjoyed some extra-curricular excitement in Rio de Janeiro today, taking some time out before this weekend's Rio Grand Prix to visit one of Brazil's most famous landmarks. The statue of Christ known as 'Corcovado' stands at the top of one of Rio's highest peaks, towering 710 metres above the city. Checa, along with a friend and local guide, climbed 150 metres up the steep south east face of the mountain in two hours.

Although Checa is an experienced climber, he admitted that at some points the climb was challenging.

"I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't all easy," said action-man Checa. "It's nice to have climbed Corcovado, I've wanted to do it for a while. I've visited it once before so it was good to do it in a different way this time! We climbed four stations and some parts were a little tricky for someone of my level, but I managed them all. With climbing it's important to tackle climbs that are the right level for you; if it's too easy, then you are bored, but if it's too difficult then you can panic! This was the right level for me today and it's a great feeling to reach the top. It's nice to get a chance to do some extra activities. I am staying on for a few days after the race and I am planning to go hand-gliding and trekking."

Checa, who currently lies fourth in the MotoGP World Championship, returned to the Jacarepagua circuit this afternoon to speak with his team ahead of tomorrow's first qualifying session.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Carlos Checa