Carlos Checa has vowed to start afresh for the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park, depsite his perfect start to the season at Phillip Island.
The Spaniard topped neary every timed session aboard the Althea Ducati before romping to two comfortable race wins in Australia, success that has enabled him to open up a ten point lead over Max Biaggi in the overall standings.
However, having conceded that the Phillip Island circuit plays to the strengths of the 1098R, Checa is expecting a renewed challenge from his rivals this weekend.
As such, having previously struggled for form around the Donington Park circuit, he says he will treat this as the first race of the season and forget Phillip Island even happened.
“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 at Donington Park twice since joining World Superbikes, though he has mustered just a single top ten finish with a run to ninth in 2008.