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David Checa to race at Mugello with Fortuna Yamaha June 3, 2005

Reigning World Endurance Champion David Checa will compete in the Italian Grand Prix next weekend with the Fortuna Yamaha Team. The Spanish rider will replace Toni Elias, who is still recovering from an injury sustained during a day of tests following the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Elias underwent an operation in Barcelona after fracturing the radius and scaphoid of his left wrist and rupturing the ligaments that link the triquetral bone and the radius. The rider also fractured the outside of his left fibula and his leg was put in a cast. According to Doctor Xavier Mir from the Instituto Dexeus in Barcelona, who has been responsible for the treatment issued to Elias, the Fortuna Yamaha rider requires a five-week recovery period from the time of the crash, assuming the injuries recover in a favorable manner.

Elias・misfortune gives Checa the opportunity to make his debut in MotoGP, the world痴 premier motorcycle racing series, with a factory he already knows well. This season Checa and Yamaha already enjoyed a spectacular victory at the 24 Hours race at Le Mans.

Checa, 25, competed in the 250cc World Championship from 2000 until 2002, firstly with Honda and then later with Aprilia, taking a best ever finish of sixth place in his final appearance at the 2002 Valencian Grand Prix. The rider from Sant Fruitos de Bages (Barcelona, Spain) has been racing since 1996 and regularly competes in four-stroke categories such as the World Endurance, Supersport and Superbike championships.

David will travel to Mugello, Italy on Tuesday and will link up with the rest of the team directed by Herv Poncharal. Antonio Jim駭ez, Chief Mechanic to Elias and previously to David痴 elder brother Carlos Checa, will be using all his MotoGP experience as he presides over David Checa痴 debut.

Checa will also meet up with his new team-mate Ruben Xaus, who has only recently completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. The pair are already great friends and often train together riding Supermoto.

This year, as well as his participation and victory in the Le Mans 24 hours, Checa was planning to compete in the Bol d丹r, which will take place at the Magny Cours circuit in France.

David Checa (born: 20 April, 1980)

1996: 125cc Spanish Championship

1997: Supersport Spanish and Catalonian Championships

1998: 4th in Supersport European Championship 1st in Catalunya 24 Hours

1999: Test rider for Ducati and Pirelli in World Supersport

2000: 19th in 250cc World Championship

2001: 17th in 250cc World Championship

2002: 13th in 250cc World Championship

2003: Debut in World Endurance Championship 1st in Oschersleben 24 Hours


World Endurance Champion with GMT-94 Yamaha Racing France Impone, alongside Christophe Guyot, William Costes and Sebastien Gimbert

2005: Pirelli test rider for World Superbike 1st at Le Mans 24 Hours

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