Carlos Checa was in a philosophical mood after being denied a World Superbike victory on home soil by a mere 0.025secs, the Spaniard hinting that his continued strong pace could well see him in the title fight this season.
Checa was looking good for a second win of the season as he opened up an early lead during race one, but the Spaniard would be left with nothing to show for when an error on lap four would force him to run the Althea machine off the circuit and out of the race.
Looking to make amends in race two, Checa forged ahead once again at the first start to establish an advantage when it was restarted on aggregate. However, after being hunted down by Ducati counterpart Noriyuki Haga, the pair entered the final lap just over a tenth apart, in favour of the Japanese man.
In the end, Checa could only get the gap down to 0.025secs at the chequered flag, leaving him a frustrating second position.
Indeed, while the former MotoGP rider was happy with his second place finish, he was disappointed at the tiny margin of error at the end of 23 laps.
“A bittersweet weekend in the end”, he said. “Bitter for the crash and sweet for the second place finish but also bitter for those 25 thousandths and sweet for the position overall. Racing is like that and we need to look ahead.
Despite this, Checa retains his place as Ducati's leading representative in the overall standings, a status he is now beginning to believe could see him maintain a title challenge over the season
“We are at a good level that means we can fight for the podium, thinking about the championship. I think that the people that came to Valencia today definitely enjoyed themselves.”