Carlos Checa says he is now feeling 'very confident' of turning his dominant pace around the Phillip Island circuit into pole position and race victory after topping both of Friday's timed sessions.
While there were few surprises as Checa, who was fastest in three of the four pre-season test sessions at the same circuit earlier in the week, led the way again in FP1 and Q1, the man himself is now beginning to believe that will be the one to beat come race day.
Claiming to be 'experiencing the same sensations as last year' when he went on to victory aboard the Althea Ducati, Checa goes on to hint that there is more to come.
“We worked really well today, concentrating mainly on the tyres,” said Checa, who ended the day a good three tenths up on Sylvain Guintoli. “We have a clearer idea of which race tyres to use and I'd say that we're back in a position where we're experiencing the same sensations as last year.
“Unfortunately I fell this morning at the second corner. I was having difficulty shifting down, meaning that I hit neutral and lost the front. Anyway the problem was quickly solved by my always efficient technicians. Today we worked more on tyres while tomorrow we have other things to try, but I admit that I'm feeling very confident for now.”