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Ten Kate pair savour double podium

Ten Kate Honda were happy to record their first double World Superbike Championship podium of the season after Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea came away with respective second and third place finishes at Brno.

Although not quite able to get amongst the Ben Spies-Max Biaggi-Michel Fabrizio deadlock in either race, Checa and Rea were comfortably classified as the 'best of the rest' a few seconds adrift.

Checa's performance was particularly impressive, the Spaniard shrugging off a tenth place starting position to start well in both races and challenge up at the front.

Rising to third in race one when Fabrizio and Spies crashed out, Checa would go on to leapfrog Rea too to complete his second podium finish of the season. He would later go on to finish fifth in race two.

“Race one was a good result from a job well done. I got a good start and had a good pace. I felt very comfortable throughout the race and knew from my boards that I had a gap back to Jonathan. We have more understanding of the bike now and we were able to improve it from yesterday.

“Unfortunately, I had some chatter return during race two, especially when releasing the brake, which was strange. But it was a positive weekend and we were able to run with the leading riders from the opening practice session on Friday.”

Rea was also pleased to salvage a brace of good results on what had initially threatened to be a difficult weekend for him.

“We managed to grind out a good result in Superpole yesterday and we did the same in race one today. The team dug really deep to put us back on the podium after a really slow start to the weekend. Of course, two riders crashing in front helped us get some good points but we were with the leading guys when it happened.

“All in all, it's been a good couple of races for us so we head into the summer break going in the right direction and I'm looking forward to recharging the batteries before we come back fighting again at Nurburgring in September.”


Tagged as: Honda , world , superbikes , Rea , Checa , Brno , Ten , Kate

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judge - Unregistered

July 27, 2009 6:02 PM

hi dawg,Ten Kate may be happy ,but i think Rea might be a tad disappointed ,whatever set up he had ,was destroying tyres,i think he was expecting to fight for a win here ??



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