Alstare Ducati rider Carlos Checa won't be at Laguna Seca WSBK this weekend because he broke his pelvis and suffered other injuries at the previous round of the WSBK in Turkey.
Checa is a widely respected and clearly skilled rider. Beyond his credentials as a former WSBK champion, he is a former GP and MotoGP rider, and off the track is renown for his ability to ride a trials bike so well some have suggested that should be his next career.
What he doesn't seem to be is much of a fan of the Isle of Man TT race, and that's one subject that we wanted to hear Checa out on if he did race at Laguna Seca.
The IOMTT is back in vogue again after losing its Grand Prix status in the 1970s, and this time the IOM TT's popularity is (again) worldwide with stunning video pouring out every year of man and machine taking on the cobblestone, wet roads and, of course, the fairies. The Island and the races there, according to lore, are controlled by mythical fairies.
Checa doesn't see the IOM as a romantic throwback, the last bastion of "real" racing in an increasingly neutered world. Not at all.
Checa told a British magazine, "I'm completely against that race."
He explained, "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."
Checa's brave charges--it's not a path to popularity to criticize the TT today--are multilevel.
"I think that some of the scenes we get from that race such as motorcycles jumping in the street don't give a good image for motorcycle racing. I would ask the people who organise that race if they would be happy if their son were taking part," Checa is quoted as saying.