For only the third time this season, Carlos Checa will not start on pole position for a World Superbike Championship race, though the series leader insists the front row was always the predominant target.

The Spaniard, competing in front of his home crowd at Motorland Aragon this weekend, has diced for top honours with Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi throughout the weekend, but fell short in Superpole when a slight error into the hairpin cost him a few tenths.

Leaving him fourth on the grid behind his two adversaries, as well as Leon Camier, Checa was satisfied to secure a spot on the outside of the front row, though like his rivals, the Althea Ducati rider believes tyres will be a determining factor for the races.

"Today a few of the other riders went really well," he declared. "We knew we had the pace needed to finish on the front row and we did it. Unfortunately I made a small mistake at one point in the final Superpole phase and without that I think I could have gone a few tenths faster.

"Anyway we are satisfied to be on the front row and I'm feeling confident ahead of the races because we've shown that we have strong pace. All that's left is to select the best tyre for the races, but we'll wait to see exactly what conditions and temperatures are like tomorrow before making a decision.

"I know that the races will be a lot of fun in the presence of the Spanish fans."