Carlos Checa declared himself satisfied with second position on the grid for the sixth round of the World Superbike Championship at Misano after the difficult conditions almost forced him out at the first hurdle.

The Spaniard was a strong favourite for pole position having topped every session leading up to the deciding Superpole session, but the sudden arrival of rain created a new dynamic for the WSBK field.

Indeed, Checa struggled initially, crashing on his first flying lap, but recovering back to the pit lane for another go on the Althea Ducati. Admitting to taking things somewhat cautiously after that, Checa built up to a pole position challenge in SP3, but would ultimately fall two tenths shy of Tom Sykes.

Praising the Kawasaki rider for his efforts, Checa was nonetheless pleased with his front row position and is feeling confident about extending his 61 point lead in the overall standings.

"The start of Superpole didn't go well for me; I crashed almost immediately in the wet but was lucky to not damage the bike. I was able to rejoin without changing bikes but after the crash I took it a little easier, getting to grips with the conditions before starting to push. I was able to gradually build feeling and the strong set-up of the bike allowed me to stay ahead with the fastest guys.

To take a place on the front row in conditions like these is great for us as, after a dry weekend, we didn't have any references for wet conditions and the track was really very slippery. My compliments go to Sykes and we'll wait to see what conditions we face tomorrow; I am feeling confident."


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