Can't say that we were shocked to learn that after his brave published statements criticizing the Isle of Man TT races that former WSBK champion Carlos Checa backpedaled quickly to a less brave position on the controversial event.
Checa was widely quoted as saying he wasn't a fan of the IOMTT.
I'm completely against that race, he said. For a thrill I can go at 185 mph without a helmet if I want but it's not a good idea, the TT is the same thing. We know there's danger in racing and we've been fighting for rider safety for a long time so that doesn't seem like a good idea. Taking part in a sport is one thing, but being stupid or reckless is another. Mind you I'm not saying that the riders who take part are stupid, it's just those circumstances. The world has grown up in many areas and safety is one of them.
A few days later Checa, assuredly under fire by the IOMTT's fans, backpedaled quickly, stating on his Twitter feed that his frank comments about the Isle of Mann TT were taken out of context and the statements he made were "not what I think".
It's interesting that Checa feels a statement like "I'm completely against that race" could somehow be taken out of context.
Checa didn't deny making the statements but instead suggested that the "tabloid press" had made more of his statements than he intended. He summed up with one word: "gassss".
Checa's criticism of the IOMTT made the rounds among the event's supporters. American IOM racer Mark Miller--who retired because of 9-11--found it ironic that Checa was criticizing the IOMTT for being dangerous while the Alstare Ducati rider was injured from "circuit racing" and actually unable to race.
Next to feel the heat from those that can't accept that some feel racing on the Isle of Man is not just dangerous but deadly might be American Ben Spies.
Spies commented on Checa's thread by saying "I'm sorry but I'm completely against that race I can't even watch it. Would love to ask the promoter to let his kid race!"