With just four rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship remaining, series leader Carlos Checa is looking to keep his cool and maintain his advantage in the overall standings.
The Spaniard reasserted authority over his rivals with a convincing double victory at Silverstone, results that saw him bring up Ducati's 300th victory at World Superbike level.
Celebrating his achievement by scaling Monte Rosa in the Italian Pennine Alps, Althea Ducati rider Checa will get back to his 'day job' in Germany, where he will attempt to 'top' his rivals with two more wins at the Nurburgring.
“Given that I achieved such a significant result for Ducati at Silverstone and given that I love the mountains, some of my friends invited me to accompany them to Monte Rosa (in the Pennine Alps). One of the things I wanted to do was to carry the flag celebrating 300 victories for Ducati to the highest point in Italy.
“Therefore, we took it to the summit of Castore, at 4,220m in altitude. It was a fantastic day, and a great experience at high altitude! I enjoyed the break in this way, also doing other activities and training whilst having fun at the same time, and now I feel ready to take on the next challenge – the Nürburgring.”
Checa, who is 62 points ahead of Max Biaggi in the standings, is just one win shy of surpassing Italian's victory tally from 2010.