Checa celebrates dominant 'Ring pole

Carlos Checa's superb turn in qualifying at the Nurburgring establishes him as the clear favourite for the two races.
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 Nürburgring 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.”

Tagged as: Nürburgring , Carlos Checa

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September 04, 2011 3:16 AM

An amazing year for Checa and the former uncompetitive factory Ducati!! His team definitely know their stuff in setting the bike up for its rider. Ducati . . . are you learning anything from this team? The same thing can almost be said lately with their MotoGP effort.

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September 03, 2011 10:09 PM

Bet no one saw that 'runs rings' headline coming. Subtle. .... In much the same way its hard to see the big metal cliff is a supertanker moored next to you.

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