Superb seventh for Checa
17 September 2007 – Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa rode superbly in today's Portuguese Grand Prix, finishing a brilliant seventh in hot and humid conditions at Estoril. Checa's race pace showed that without some problems in qualifying and a better starting position, he could have challenged for fifth position.
Checa made a fast start and charged through the traffic to pass Toni Elias, Colin Edwards and Anthony West to be eighth on lap four and in pursuit of Makoto Tamada's Yamaha. Two laps later Checa was seventh by which time the leading group had opened a gap and maintained a strong pace to the finish.
Commenting on his race at Portugal Checa said: "I'm very satisfied with this result after some problems in qualifying meant I started on the fourth row. It was a good race, I enjoyed it, especially from the start and passing many riders including Elias, West and Edwards and finally Tamada for seventh. My feeling was that if I had started closer to the front I could raced with Melandri and Hopkins for fifth but anyway, this is a positive step forward with the new tyres from Michelin and our set-up from Honda."