David Checa

2017 FIM Endurance World Champion

Born on 20 April 1980 in Sant Fruitós de Bages, Spain


David Checa was crowned as an FIM Endurance World Champion for the third time in 2017, following on from his previous successes with the GMT94 Yamaha team back in 2004 and 2014. Checa has been an integral part of the GMT94 Yamaha team in every EWC season they have contested, enjoying a first success together way back in 2003, when they won the Oschersleben 24-hour race.

That season was his first experience with Yamaha, also racing a YZF-R1 in the Spanish championship, and the introduction of the third-generation of the machine in 2004 saw him dominate the EWC to capture the title for the first time, taking victory in the Oschersleben 24 hours and Zhuhaï 6 Hours rounds. In 2005 he won at Le Mans and finished second at the Bol d’Or, but after missing out on the title he tried his hand at other individual series', including the FIM World Superbike Championship, which he contested also with GMT94, in 2008 and 2009. 

The experienced Spanish rider, who spent the early part of his career racing with some success in the FIM 250cc World Championship and also scored points in MotoGP during 2005, found his home back in EWC in 2010 and finally lifted the title for a second time, ten years on from the first, in 2014. After missing out to SERT in the team category and Lucas Mahias in the individual stakes in 2016, the younger brother of former FIM World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa this year shares the rider's crown with his title-winning GMT94 Yamaha team-mate Niccolò Canepa.

3 World titles – 2004, 2014, 2017