Carlos Checa gave his World Superbike Championship season a significant boost with a run to second position at Miller Motorsports Park, but was disappointed a fall in the next race prevented a better points haul.
The Spaniard was tipping this round to be his turning point following an indifferent first half of the season, Checa duly going on to qualify on the front row of the grid before proving Ben Spies' closest competition in the first race.
While he would still finish significantly behind the local hero, the Ten Kate Honda rider was happy to be back on the podium for the first time since the 2008 season finale in Portugal.
“Race one was nice – I got a good start in the second part. I pushed really hard behind Ben (Spies) but I was not able to catch him. It was great to be back on the podium in America.”
However, his hopes of a similar result in the second race came to nothing on lap four when he clipped the high kerb on the entrance to the Attitude chicane, causing him to crash out.
Nonetheless, despite the accident, Checa was positive about his weekend as a whole and is confident it will kick start a more successful second half of the season.
“The crash in the second race was a real shame because I had a good pace and I was comfortable in third position. I entered the chicane maybe a little tighter than before to try and close the gap on Fabrizio, but I touched the kerb with my engine casing and that was the end of the race for me.
“But I think we have grown up a lot here and moved things forward in a good direction – it's just a shame that the weekend had to finish like this.”