Carlos Checa says he will do his utmost to battle with Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri during the two World Superbike races at Brno, conceding tyres could make the difference.
The championship leader will start third on the grid around the Czech venue, Checa falling four tenths shy of pole sitter Biaggi, but just a tenth behind Melandri.
Considering Brno to be one of the weaker circuits for the Althea Ducati, Checa was pleased with the result, but thinks race conditions will provide a further challenge.
“I think we did a great job throughout the whole weekend. We didn't have any particular expectations; we followed our normal work programme and are happy with the outcome. Qualifying went well and we finished third in Superpole.
“It will be a tough battle especially against Max and Marco tomorrow as you can see they have a strong pace but I believe we can stay with them at the front, this is the objective at least. Tomorrow's races will have a lot to do with the tyres, the temperature and the general conditions, and we'll see how we measure up against the others. But considering that this is not one of our favourite tracks, we are satisfied with today's result.”