Checa to join World Superbike championship
9 October 2007 – Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa has announced he will join the World Superbike Championship next season. The Spaniard will join the Ten Kate team as a replacement for James Toseland who will join the Tech 3 Yamaha team.
Speaking about his move to the World Superbike Championship Checa said: "It's finally official! I'm really looking forward to this new challenge. It's an interesting step in my career and I'm very motivated. I am pretty sure I can get good results and be competitive."
Checa furthermore said: "Riding in World Superbike with Honda and Ten Kate is a good guarantee, and more than anything, I'm very proud of the fact that the factory and the team placed their faith in me and I hope to repay them by performing well in a very competitive series, which has quite a strong following all over the world.
"Racing at the Suzuka 8 hours made me realize the potential of a Superbike machine, as I felt very comfortable on the Honda and the way you have to ride it. Without any doubt, it's a great opportunity, as I know my results won't be hampered by technical difficulties, as it has been the case for the past two years. But before tackling this new challenge in Superbike, I want to wrap up my MotoGP career in the best possible fashion, aiming as high as possible for the last few Grand Prix of the season."