Although somewhat overshadowed by Jonathan Rea's race winning turn on the sister Ten Kate Honda, Carlos Checa was still able to celebrate his strongest weekend of the season at the Nurburgring after coming away with a pair of podium finishes.
The first time the Spaniard has stood on the rostrum twice in one weekend since his double victory at Miller Motorsports Park last year, Checa's identical results were nonetheless achieved in two very different ways.
Starting in eighth position, Checa enjoyed a quiet opening few laps during race one before gradually stalking his way into contention, picking his way up the order to find himself on the back of team-mate Rea in the battle for third. Finding his way through with just a few laps remaining, Checa would hold on to the position to score an important triumph over his younger counterpart.
Race two, on the other hand, saw Checa up at the front from the start, the former MotoGP rider getting an excellent start to run second before snatching the lead of the race on lap three.
However, after being overhauled again by Rea and Noriyuki Haga almost as quickly, Checa would be forced to settle for a relatively lonely third. Nonetheless, he was delighted with his weekend haul, one that sees him rise to seventh in the standings.
“We knew it would be tough going into turn one and in the first race I just tried to catch the top guys. I got up to Johnny and had a good fight with him but right up to the last turn I didn't know what would happen.
“I made a really great start to race two – I couldn't believe it. Got into another battle with Haga early on but I could see Johnny was strong when he passed me.
"I tried to stay with Ben Spies and lost a few meters in the middle of the race but it was very good to keep third for me and for the team. It's been a really satisfying weekend.”