Carlos Checa says he finished as high as he could have done during the World Superbike races at Brno after suffering from grip issues in the races.
An unusually quiet weekend for the Spaniard, who has been on the pace at nearly every event this season, Checa was never in the fight with the leaders in either of the two races as he settled for ninth and sixth place finishes.
Blaming his lack of race pace on a drop in grip with the tyres, Checa was satisfied with his performance as a result.
“Yesterday, in both the qualifying and free practice sessions, we had a great level of grip while in the races, with the same tyre, we had more problems”, said Carlos. “In the morning we tried to adapt the bike to the situation but during the race it was sliding around a lot. I tried to push to take as many championship points as possible but now my head is already focused on Silverstone, a great track, rich in history, on which we will try to race to the front.”
Checa's sentiments were echoed by team-mate Shane Byrne, who had the added issue of an injured hand to contend with.
“In race one we didn't have much grip and this conditioned my result”, said Byrne, who finished 12th and ninth. “In the second race, on the other hand, I was able to improve quite a lot, lapping more than half a second faster than I did in race 1, in a race in which I think everyone had trouble making fast lap times.
“Now I'm banking on getting fully fit so I can be totally prepared for Silverstone. No-one has ridden on the new track yet and this could be an interesting factor as far as the races are concerned.”