Unfortunate race for Checa at Motegi
24 September 2007 – Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa finished eighteenth in a rain hit Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi on Sunday. Checa was delayed by an early pitstop to change bikes in this flag-to-flag race which started under wet conditions. Checa was anticipating that his spare bike would be fitted with slick tyres as a dry line gradually formed, all riders having started with wet weather tyres. However with the conditions constantly changing, as Checa entered the pits the team were still working hard to switch from intermediate settings to full dry settings, and the best compromise was forced upon the team.
Checa said about his race: "At the start I had some doubts about using wet tyres or slicks, but it was too risky not to start on wet weather tyres. When the rear began to slide too much so I stopped on lap five to change bikes. But we lost some seconds as the Team was still working on a different setting because of the rapid change in track conditions. We had planned a front treaded tyre on the grid for the spare bike, and there hadn't been time to change it. Unfortunately it was impossible to go any faster than this on a drying track in the second part of the race."