Carlos Checa To Miss Remainder Of 2013 World Superbike Season

Carlos Checa's World Superbike season is over. The former champion had a massive crash during free practice on Friday morning, and was immediately diagnosed with contusions on his chest and a suspected fractured left scaphoid. Those injuries were enough to keep him out of the race, but upon examination back in Spain, he was also found to have suffered a fractured pelvis. That injury means Checa is forced to miss the rest of the 2013 World Superbike season.

Though the official communique speaks only of 2013, a fractured pelvis could potentially end his career. It was a fractured pelvis that eventually ended the career of former Ducati legend Pierfrancesco Chili. Chili broke his pelvis in 2005, and though he returned from that injury, he was never truly competitive again, his pelvis lacking the flexibility and strength necessary for racing a motorcycle. With Checa turning 41 in October, there will be doubts over how strong he will be after his return, even if surgery to fix the injury is successful. And with Checa still locked in negotiations over his future, teams could be wary about offering him a contract.

The official Ducati press release on Checa's injury appears below:

Carlos Checa (Team SBK Ducati Alstare) out for the rest of the Superbike season due to injury

Bologna (Italy), Tuesday 17 September 2013: After a difficult weekend in Turkey during which Carlos Checa suffered a serious accident, the latest tests made by doctors in Spain have now revealed that the official rider for Team SBK Ducati Alstare also has a fractured pelvis. A terrible blow for the Team SBK Ducati Alstare rider who faces surgery and a minimum ten-week recuperation period.

At the recent World Superbike round that took place last weekend at Istanbul Park in Turkey, Checa was the victim of a bad crash during Friday’s first free practice session. The Clinica Mobile medical team, on hand to treat the rider at the track, reported a contusion to the thorax and a suspected fracture of the left scaphoid. As a result the Spanish rider was unable to continue with the weekend’s qualifying sessions or races and returned to Spain on Sunday morning in order to immediately undergo further testing, first in the hands of Doctor Turmo of the CAR clinic and then under the care of Doctor Mir.

Unfortunately today’s diagnosis has further complicated the medical situation. Carlos was having difficulty walking and so Doctor Mir, who is attending to Carlos at this difficult time, therefore carried out further tests that have revealed a fracture of the pelvis, at the point where it joins with the femoral head. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday 18th September and will be performed by Doctor Ribas of the Dexeus clinic. The long period of recuperation required post-surgery unfortunately means that Checa will be unable to participate in the final three round of the 2013 season.

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I hate it when great champions just kind of fade away like this (if it does pan out he is not coming back). All great riders should go out like Troy Bayliss... a double victory, a farewell lap to the fans, tear in the eye, and a big smile.

At least he got his championship before he retired. Hopefully it ends up not too serious and he is able to go out in style.

No doubt a world championship is very satisfying, but it's far more important these riders are able to retire without chronic pain from their numerous get-offs. Contemplating some trophy on the mantlepiece probably gets old pretty fast when you have to use a Zimmer to get to the bathroom. Carlos always seemed like a classy guy - hope his operation goes well and he heals quickly. Wish him the best whether he retires or not.

I am not Checa Fan but when it comes to reading a news about him might end his career... I found myself missing him already, please stay, get well soon, and hope he be able to come back racing, all the best Checa!

Checa doesn't want to retire riding the 1199 unless he has no other choice. Carlos wants to compete at the sharp end of the field on the Kawasaki perhaps... if his manager can swing the deal! Carlos wants to end his career on a high note as much as we want to see him do it! Good Blessing Carlos in your future...

And make no apologies for that. I've rarely seen anyone ride a motorbike as well as he did in 2011 when he won the WSBK WC. He looked great on the bike and made difficult passes look easy, great to watch. Had the pleasure of seeing him race at Silverstone, and he is a real nice guy too, said hello in the pit walk. I understand he is well liked by the other riders, even the often prickly Biaggi!

There was a lot of guff talked about the advantage of the 1098 that year, nonsense, the next Ducati rider that year was 9th! He was unfairly weight penalised last year in my view.

I agree with the comment above that great riders should go out on a high. Max B retired essentially unhurt and a WC, great move.

Whatever Carlos does next, I wish him all the best and thanks for some great races!

The WSBK grid shrinks even further and loses another star, I'll enter myself on my commuter bike at this rate!