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Pace setter Checa expects rivals to hit back

9 April 2010

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.”


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