Althea Racing is aiming to 'build on the positive series of results achieved over the first three rounds' of the 2010 World Superbike Championship campaign when it arrives in Assen this weekend – with expectations that the twin-cylinder Ducati will not be 'at too much of a disadvantage' compared to its four-cylinder competitors.
Off the back of victory at Phillip Island and the runner-up laurels in Valencia, ex-MotoGP star Carlos Checa presently sits third in the riders' standings, and confident in his abilities to take the fight to the championship's best.
What's more, the ultra-experienced Spaniard has twice before ascended the rostrum in the Netherlands in WSBK – with a second and a third place for Hannspree Ten Kate Honda in 2008 – and the 37-year-old took the chequered flag third there for Yamaha in the premier class in 2002 and second for Honda in 500cc five years earlier still.
Team-mate Shane Byrne, for his part, has been similarly boosted by his own strong performance in race two in Valencia – deserving a better result than his eventual eighth place might lead to believe – and is now determined to improve upon his best finish of seventh at Portimão thus far in 2010, having come in eighth and eleventh at Assen last year, though the legendary Dutch circuit has since been moderately re-designed to make it longer and even faster than before.
“We know that Assen is a track at which the Ducati is not at too much of a disadvantage,” mused Althea Racing team owner Genesio Bevilacqua, “so we hope to be able to continue to build on the positive series of results achieved over the first three rounds. I hope to see Carlos on top form once more in Holland and to see Shane fight back, something we already caught a glimpse of in Valencia.”