Checa refusing to get complacent

The Spaniard says his privateer Althea Ducati is well-suited to the long straight-less Valencia circuit
Carlos Checa is refusing to get too excited over what the remainder of the World Superbike weekend holds for him, despite dominating the opening day of action on home turf at Valencia.

A circuit he has performed well at in the past, Checa's knowledge, coupled to the strengths of the twin-cylinder Ducati, allowed him to emerge comfortably quickest in both free practice and provisional qualifying.

Indeed, Checa admits the lack of a long straight – which he says harmed his Althea Racing machine last time out at Portimao – around the Ricardo Tormo circuit is playing to the positive characteristics of the bike.

Nonetheless, the Phillip Island race winner says he expects the likes of Max Biaggi, Noriyuki Haga and Leon Haslam to hit their strides as the weekend continues.

“This bike works well at this type of circuit, especially in the tighter sections in the middle of the lap. I worked this morning on finding a rhythm and working with the soft rear tyres. I have decided which rear tyre to use already, but not the front yet.

“There is not such a long straight here, so there are possibilities for us. But it is only Friday and I think Biaggi, Haga and Haslam will be in there also.”

Tagged as: Ducati , superbikes , Althea , Checa , Valencia

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April 10, 2010 9:35 AM

Yes, a tighter track will help Carlos from being out-gunned down the straights. This track will favor more torquey bikes (1198cc) and bikes that corner strong. I expect we will see the Suzukis show that they are well planted and improve Saturday. I am still shocked that the factory Ducati's can't match the pace of some of the privateer Ducatis. Then again, a slightly more mellow power might aid a bike on this track. Of course you would imagine that factory Ducati has a softer power curve available. I really wish that they would publish the times based on certain portions of the track. We might get a better idea of which bikes are cornering fastest.

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