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Checa: 2022 Bol d’Or performance showed we could win in EWC

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Checa: 2022 Bol d’Or performance showed we could win in EWCCheca: 2022 Bol d’Or performance showed we could win in EWC

12 September 2023

Spanish legend David Checa reckons the pace shown by the ERC Endurance Ducati team during last season’s Bol d’Or was a demonstration that it could win in the FIM Endurance World Championship.

The German squad was seemingly on course for victory only to stop with a mechanical failure while comfortably in front in the final 90 minutes of the 2022 EWC finale.

For Checa and team-mate Xavi Forés, their late heartbreak was particularly hard to take after they’d shared riding duties for a large part of the race after Chaz Davies hurt his back and couldn’t continue. 

Despite the highly emotional scenes in the team garage as a near-certain victory slipped away, Checa regained his composure to return to the action for the last hour following rapid repairs by his mechanics. He eventually took fifth behind the title-winning F.C.C. TSR Honda France.

“We never expected that Ducati can win the race last year but we proved we was able to do until we had a little problem with the clutch,” Checa said. “We repaired, we finished fifth, it was a really good race for us, we showed that Ducati can win and everybody believed in us. In endurance you find the solution on one side but you find a problem on the other side. 

“The Bol d’Or [last year] was a nightmare for a lot of teams, in four hours a lot of bikes were broken and normally they never break. 

“The best is to be there, do your best and at the end of 24 hours if you are on the podium, you are happy and if you win you are the best.”

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