Carlos Checa


Carlos Checa made his début as a rider in the 125 class in the 1993 MotoGP World Championship. After eleven years spent in the 250, 500 and MotoGP classes, he then entered the world of Ducati, joining the Loris Capirossi team.

At the end of 2008 he decided to leave the MotoGP World Championship to move to the Superbike category with Honda the following season. However, at the end of 2009 he was taken on by the Ducati Althea team managed by Genesio Bevilacqua, thus beginning a career which culminated in a series of victories in the 2010 season.

In 2011, the fate of Ducati in SBK was entrusted to the Althea Team although supported by the Borgo Panigale company. Carlos achieved an impressive series of victories (fifteen to be precise), winning the SBK riders title, fourteenth for Ducati and seventeenth WSBK manufacturer's title.

In 2012, Carlos attempted to defend the title won with the 1198, the bike which was destined to be replaced by the 1199 Panigale.

In 2013 he debuted with the new 1199 Panigale, but a serious leg injury forced him into retirement. Since then, he has been a Ducati Ambassador as well as a DRE instructor.