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Positive Checa ‘really happy’ despite lost ground
11 July 2011
Carlos Checa says he is unconcerned by the notable reduction of his World Superbike Championship advantage over the last two rounds, insisting more favourable circuits are forthcoming.
The Spaniard has seen his lead over Max Biaggi more than halved over the last four races, Checa's advantage dropping from 72 points to 30 in Spain and the Czech Republic.
Recording a pair of third place finishes behind Biaggi and Marco Melandri at Brno, though Checa was disappointed at being unable to take the fight to his Italian rivals, he maintains that two podiums around the sweeping circuit is a good result.
“I'm really very happy with a double podium here,” he said. “In race one my start wasn't so bad but it took a few laps to pass Eugene and once past him it took some time to reach Max and Marco ahead. Once there I tried to keep the pace and stick with them. It was hard to find the right place to pass, I got by Max at one point but he came straight back past me. It was a great battle and to be honest I am happy with third because this has always been a tough track for me.
“Considering the situation, the track, our rivals, we are quite satisfied. We worked well all weekend, found a good set-up, chose the right tyre and really did our best. Max and Marco were really very strong today, it's a shame I couldn't quite be there with them but we're happy nevertheless.
Regarding the championship, though Checa admits he is concerned he will struggle at the high-speed Silverstone circuit in three weeks' time, he is looking forward to the likes of Nurburgring, Imola, Magny-Cours and Portimao, circuits he says will favour the Althea Ducati.
“We still have a lead in the championship and it is important that we are competitive and consistently fast. Silverstone will be another difficult one for us but then come other tracks where we are at less of a disadvantage so we'll see. I'm taking it one race at a time.”
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