Ten Kate pair eager to improve form

Carlos Checa is determined to produce a repeat of his double podium winning antics during last year's World Superbike Championship round at Assen, as he bids to kick start his flagging 2009 campaign.

Checa, who was considered a title favourite before the opening rounds, has endured a difficult start to the season and currently clutches a best result of just fifth position.

Nonetheless, Assen was a happy hunting ground for Checa last season, the Spaniard scoring a second and third place finish for Ten Kate Honda on their home soil.

With new parts on the way in an attempt to extract more speed from the CBR1000RR, Checa is hopeful of a repeat performance this season.

“I wasn't able to test the improvements to the bike but we have had some detailed discussions and I'm happy with the developments that the team has made. There are one or two other additions to the bike for this weekend and I'm confident that what we have planned should work well at Assen.

“Like a lot of other riders, I prefer the old layout of the circuit, but it's still a nice track and I was on the podium twice last year, so it's a great place to have the team's home round. I was at the workshop for an open day last weekend and, if the weather is as good as it was then, it should be a great event.”

Ryuichi Kiyonari, who is one position ahead of Checa in the overall standings, is also eager to show the kind of speed that saw him finish fourth in Qatar last month.

“I must admit it was a little bit frustrating to ride with the problems we had at Valencia. But the team has been working really hard to prepare for Assen and I am confident that they have found some improvements for me to try.

“Last year was not such a good result, but we know what the problem was there – basically, rider too aggressive on throttle! I like the circuit at Assen, though, so I will try very hard this weekend to get some good results for the team.”

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