Carlos Checa has moved back up to third position in the World Superbike Championship standings after returning to the podium at Misano.

Recovering from the 'disaster' of his double DNF at Miller Motorsports Park, Checa affirmed his status as Ducati's top representative in the standings with a run to second position in the opening race, just behind Max Biaggi.

Going on to finish fifth in the second race after reiterating his complaint of lacking speed compared to the four-cylinder bikes, Checa says the performance is what was needed following the American event.

"I'm happy with the podium of course", he said. "Incredibly I was the youngest on it! After America we needed a race like this - one of my technicians felt was the longest race of the season!

"Race two was great but I didn't obtain the same result unfortunately. Crutchlow and Haslam had better grip than me and when Biaggi escaped I lost contact with them. I found it a bit difficult to keep pace with the four cylinders on the straights but the weekend was positive, seeing as I'm back in third position overall."

Checa has been classified as Ducati's top rider since the second round of the season, the Spaniard now 21 points ahead of factory man Noriyuki Haga.

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