Carlos Checa is continuing to get to grips with Brands Hatch after qualifying an unspectacular 11th for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship.

The first time the Spaniard has visited the Kent circuit, Checa has done nothing more than bother the mid-field riders this weekend as he lets Ryuichi Kiyonari steal the limelight on the Ten Kate Honda.

With the tricky weather conditions throwing a further curve ball into proceedings, Checa's 11th place on the grid actually signals his highest position of the weekend so far.

Even so, the title contender admits he is finding it difficult to master the physically demanding circuit, particularly when only a few tenths are making such a big difference to grid positions.

"This is not an easy track and it is difficult in some places to judge the correct speed. Of course the final lap time did not come out the way we wanted. We tried a few different things but I did not find the best way to negotiate the entry into the corners, at some places on the track at least. In most other places we are OK.

Nonetheless, with only a few tenths deciding positions from first down to where Checa is classified, the former MotoGP rider believes he can make significant improvements under race conditions.

"I think things will come together and today we definitely made some improvements. We are only a few tenths from the race pace and we will try again to improve a couple more tenths in warm-up. That may be important for the race."


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