Carlos Checa carried Honda's hopes during provisional qualification at Brno, the Ten Kate rider ending the day in third position.

Following a difficult weekend at Donington Park, Checa arrives in the Czech Republic eager to capitalise on Ten Kate Honda's improved form at the recent mid-season test at Imola.

Using the base setting from that test, Checa briefly looked on course for provisional pole position when he went faster than Michel Fabrizio, only for the Italian and Max Biaggi to usurp him with their final efforts.

Nonetheless, Checa was satisfied with his performance and feels confident there is more to come from himself and the bike.

"Today we have been constantly on the pace near the front. We carried our setting from last week's Imola test over here to Brno and started pretty much with that this morning. We changed a few things to fine tune the setting but, as a team, we have been quite clear about the direction we need to go in.

"As long as there is no rain tomorrow, I think we can keep moving forward. We need to work a little bit on finding some more front grip in the first sector but our minds are clear and we are in a good position."

On the other side of the garage, Jonathan Rea was less pleased with his performance down in 13th place, although he points out he was in a similar position last year on Supersport machinery.

"The bike is actually working quite well at the moment and we've just changed a couple of things after last week's test at Imola - I'm just not sure what I'm looking for from the bike. But I was in a similar position last year with the Supersport team and we managed to sort things overnight.

"We need to do that again here, so we'll sit down later to look at what needs improving. I can't see the front guys going that much quicker, so it'll be down to me getting a bit closer to the limit, which we're not near yet."