The LCR Honda rider crashed
After a superb qualifying performance Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa failed to finish a wet French Grand Prix in dismal conditions at Le Mans today.
After a flying start from the front row which put him third on lap one, Checa crashed on
lap seven when he was squeezed for room on a slippery track.
Light rain began to fall almost from the start, but Checa was comfortable with his set-up in the difficult conditions. As further rain fell, Checa dropped to seventh and was then forced to avoid a collision with Valentino Rossi and Alex Barros and lost the front end.
The race was won by Chris Vermeulen.
“It was a difficult day, and not easy in these conditions. I was comfortable early in the race and going into the chicane with a group of riders and I saw Valentino on the outside and then Barros cut the gas early. I tried to avoid them by going inside but I arrived a little bit fast, and I was not able to stop the bike and turn and lost the front.
It is a shame, we had a very competitive package today”, said Carlos.