Carlos Checa is optimistic he can put further air between himself and his World Superbike Championship title rivals, despite concerns his Ducati will suffer in certain areas around the Brno circuit.
Checa lost a chunk of his lead last time out at Motorland Aragon after he was out paced by both Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri, but remains a fairly substantial 43 points ahead of the former.
Heading to the Czech Republic – round eight of the 2011 season -, Checa is confident he will be on the pace once more, even if he's worried the uphill sections of the Brno circuit will leave him at a disadvantage against his rivals.
“I've been on the podium here in SBK and really like the track,” the Althea Ducati rider said. “It's one of the most historic circuits of all and I always enjoy riding here. Last year we did not have such a great race but that was down to a tyre choice.
“I think we have great potential this year; of course we have a disadavantage when it comes to power, especially on the uphill and the straight but I am confident and I think the work we've been doing this year will help us.”
Checa has one WSBK podium to his name at Brno, achieved for Ten Kate Honda in 2009.