Carlos Checa has several reasons to celebrate beyond his fine double victory at Silverstone after bringing up some notable milestones for both himself and Ducati.
The Spaniard shrugged off his own predictions that he could struggle for pace around the high-speed British circuit as he dominated both races, Checa producing a typically methodical performance to pick off his rivals one-by-one before sprinting to the chequered flag.
A full quota of 50 points that more than doubles his advantage over Max Biaggi in the overall standings from 30 points to 62 points, Checa also had the satisfaction of being the man to notch up Ducati's 300th World Superbike race win.
Coming on the weekend that represented his WSBK century, Checa's achievement is made all the more notable by the fact he was also responsible for Honda's 100th WSBK win back in 2008 when he rode for the Ten Kate Racing team.
Naturally, Checa was delighted with his performance, one that restores his sizeable advantage with four rounds and eight races remaining this season.
“It was a wonderful day. I didn't believe that it would be possible to win here, but we managed to do it twice over! To achieve the 300th win for Ducati is an important result and we are all very happy to have been able to repeat this in race two. I thank everyone involved, my team, Ducati and all the sponsors.
“I also heard that I have now completed 100 SBK races. I didn't know this but the important thing is that I still feel young and am not yet 100 years old! We have a good advantage for now but as we all know, it is hard to build up points and easy to lose them.
“We now head to tracks where I have had some good results in the past but we are taking it one step at a time; nothing is a given. It's been a fantastic weekend that I will remember forever. Now the team can go on holiday in a more relaxed state of mind.”