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Motorsport | Superbikes

Carlos Checa © Gallo Images

Checa back home after crash



Ducati's Carlos Checa has left Melbourne Hospital and returned home following his massive shunt during the opening race of the World Superbike season.

The Spaniard, who clinched Superpole at Phillip Island on Saturday, was forced to watch Race 2 from his hospital bed after he was knocked unconscious during the first race. Checa outbraked himself and hit the rear wheel of Marco Melandri's BMW S1000RR.

The Ducati veteran was taken to Melbourne Hospital via helicopter and was kept there for observation as the blow to his head was quite severe.

However, the 40-year-old revealed on Twitter that he is "fine" after his accident and apologised to Italian Melandri saying he "couldn't avoid" him.

Checa has six weeks to recover as the second round of the 2013 SBK season will take place on April 14 at Motorland Aragón.

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