Carlos Checa continued to strengthen his position as Ducati's top representative in the World Superbike Championship as both he and Shane Byrne secured a brace of top ten finishes for Althea Racing at Silverstone.
A tough weekend all round for Ducati, who struggled to get on terms with Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Aprilia for the most part, Checa maintained his fourth position in the overall standings with a solid run to seventh and tenth in the two races.
Admitting he had difficulties in getting the set-up sorted on the 1198R, Checa says he didn't show his full potential over the course of the weekend.
“It's hard to catch up once you've made bad starts. I wasn't able to catch the group ahead and it was only towards the end that I was able to match the pace of the guys up front, except for Crutchlow and Rea that is, who were on another level. We weren't totally sorted with the bike and neither I nor my bike demonstrated our full potential.”
Byrne, meanwhile, ended his day with eighth and ninth place finishes after fading towards the end of both races.
“They were very difficult races”, he said. “In the first I had tyre problems that prevented me from doing any better. In the second we sorted the bike and changed the tyre and it went better. Then towards the end I found myself battling against Guintoli but he was faster than me and I missed out on seventh position.”