Carlos Checa insists he will start from afresh when he arrives at Donington Park for the second round of the World Superbike Championship, despite his perfect start to the season in Australia.

The Spaniard was the dominant force aboard the Althea Ducati at Phillip Island, topping almost every timed session and cruising to both race wins.

However, having admitted the circuit suited both him and his machine, the early championship leader is expecting an renewed challenge from his rivals around the Leicestershire circuit.

As such, he will not rest on his laurels, adding that he will treat it as the first round of the season and forget that the Phillip Island event even occurred.

"I like the Donington track," he said. "I've not been lucky there in the past but that's been a consequence of the races, nothing to do with the track itself. I want to forget the past and pretend the wins at Phillip Island never happened, in the sense that we'll start this weekend with the same programme and the same determination as ever, as if it were the first race of the season.

"It's a track where top speed doesn't count much and could therefore be good for us. Of course our rivals are numerous, because as well as the usual suspects, Biaggi and Haslam, there will also be other Brits who are historically fast when riding at home.

"We just have to hope that it's not too cold there but, all in all, I feel optimistic and am ready."

Checa has raced twice at Donington Park in World Superbikes, though the four races have yielded just one top ten finish with a ninth in 2008.


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