Carlos Checa says there is still 'work to do' ahead of Superpole for the fifth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, despite dominating free practice around the American circuit.
The Spaniard, a double winner for Honda in 2008 and pole sitter last year, shrugged off technical problems on both the primary Althea Ducati and the spare machine to claim the best time of the day in Q1, almost a second faster than his closest rival.
A devastating turn of speed that has earmarked him as the rider to beat this weekend, Checa is nonetheless staying cool about his chances, pointing out that the weather could have an effect on proceedings.
“We made a great start despite the morning's issues,” he said. “I was able to find a good rhythm almost immediately and the feeling I have here this year with my bike seems to be slightly better than last year. As I said it's gone quite well but there is still work to do.
“Results are never a given, also because this weekend it seems that the weather conditions will play an important part. I'm still very optimistic though and we'll work to make further improvements during tomorrow's sessions.”