Carlos Checa is hoping history repeats itself when he starts from pole position for the seventh round of the World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park.
Only the second time the Spaniard has qualified on pole position for a World Superbike event, the last time he did so – two years ago at the same circuit – he romped to two dominant wins.
Breaking his own lap record in the process of winning pole position, Checa's performance was made all the more impressive by the fact he was almost 18kph slower in a straight line than second place man Max Biaggi.
“In the qualifying session we did a good job”, said Checa, who is currently joint third in the overall standings. “And then Superpole went extremely well: I was braking as late as possible, exiting corners at top speed and I finished with a time that I didn't expect, so I'm extremely satisfied. I'm just as happy with the work that I've carried out with my team in preparation for the races.”
A first pole position for the Althea Ducati team too, there was disappointment for Checa's team-mate Shane Byrne as he could translate his practice pace into anything more than 11th come Superpole.
"We made an error of judgment in the last lap and this meant we didn't reach the final Superpole session. It's a pity because the bike is ok and I'm really satisfied with the work my team has done.”