Carlos Checa has put himself in an ideal position to stretch his advantage at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after showing his hand with a superb qualifying effort at the Nurburgring.

The Spaniard was the dominant force throughout Superpole, topping both knockout phases before obliterating the lap record by four tenths of a second in the critical session.

Also four tenths faster than his nearest challenger, Eugene Laverty, Checa was thrilled to be celebrating a fifth pole position of the season, though with keen rivals Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri in third and fourth, he isn't getting complacent yet.

"Yesterday we learned a lot and the changes we made between yesterday and today's sessions brought the right results. We're really happy with the work completed, we've improved the bike and the lap times have come. In the first Superpole phase I was having a little difficulty but the second and third sessions went better and I was able to take pole.

"The N?rburgring is one of those tracks where it's difficult to make passes so it's certainly an advantage to start from the front here. Tomorrow I will be aiming to make the best possible start and do all I can to fight for the win; I think we'll see two really exciting races."