Chinese GP: Honda LCR preview

CHECA ARRIVES EARLY TO RELAX IN SHANGHAI Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa arrived early to relax in Shanghai before Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, following a whirlwind schedule of racing and testing. Checa travelled directly from Japan to Shanghai...

CHECA ARRIVES EARLY TO RELAX IN SHANGHAI

Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa arrived early to relax in Shanghai before Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, following a whirlwind schedule of racing and testing. Checa travelled directly from Japan to Shanghai last weekend, following a three day test aboard a factory Honda Fireblade superbike, in preparation for his eventual participation in the Suzuka Eight-Hour in July. Earlier, Checa had flown from Istanbul having completed a one day test aboard the LCR team RC212V on the Monday following the Turkish GP.

After a disappointing 12th place in Turkey, Checa feels the Istanbul test, where he tried Michelin's front qualifying tyre and various rim widths, was a step forward. Checa says he does not underestimate the challenge of China and this Formula One inspired track, with a straight of 1,200 metres, the longest on the MotoGP calendar.

For the 250cc GP, Irish rookie Eugene Laverty again faces the task of having just four hours of practice and qualifying to learn the 5.28 km circuit for his debut in China.

CHECA: "I came from Japan to Shanghai to prepare for this race following the Honda Eight-Hour test, to avoid the jet lag of going back to Europe. I have done a lot of riding and travelling in the past two weeks. For me the Shanghai track is nothing special, it is more for Formula One, but I will work at 100% with the team to prepare for the race. On the long straight we will have some handicap with acceleration and top speed, and hopefully Honda can assist us in that area. The positive from the Istanbul test was a step forward with the Michelin qualifying tyres, eliminating chatter from the front."

LAVERTY: "Shanghai is another new track but I think I can learn it pretty quickly, even it looks more difficult than Istanbul. I'm hoping to make up for the tyre problems I had in Turkey and finish in points here."

-credit: honda lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Carlos Checa , Eugene Laverty