Checa ready for first title shot

The Althea rider can ensure he wins another riders' title for Ducati on home soil if he out-scores Marco Melandri by 26 points.
Carlos Checa heads into the 11th round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Imola with the opportunity to seal the title with two rounds to spare should things go his way this weekend.

The Spaniard has accumulated a lead of 74 points over Marco Melandri with six races remaining, meaning that if he can extend that advantage to three figures by the end of play at Imola, he will be celebrating his first WSBK riders' title.

Still, Checa thinks it is a tough ask to out-score Melandri by 26 points, something he has only managed to achieve twice this season. As such, the Althea Ducati rider is merely focused on keeping his winning momentum going at Imola, a circuit he dominated at in 2010 from just ninth position on the grid.

“This is a track that we know well and where we've had some good results, especially last year of course. We will need to see how the tyres behave on the new track surface that is the only unknown but I'm feeling very prepared for the weekend.

“We are looking to the championship of course but at the same time it's important to concentrate on each individual race, doing our best and always giving 100 per cent. We're feeling confident.”

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September 22, 2011 8:42 AM

I reckon Melandri might give him problems (and can't help hoping for a Sykes podium on one of his favourite tracks with added confidence from winning), but I can't help looking forward to WSS more because that's where the action is.


September 22, 2011 9:05 AM

Definitely agree Sweeble. Tom was strong here last year, this year's bike is much better, and he's on a strong run at the moment. At Nurburgring he was running high in the field before his ankle started hurting in race 1. Then obviously winning race 2. Then a very strong test. I also think Melandri will mount a very determined challenge. And this season, whenever Marco's upped his game, Laverty has stepped up too. This could be quite a competitive race weekend (one hopes). I really hope the rest of the field steps up their game and hold Checa off of winning the title right to the end. The man has given a master class this year, but it would be nice to have some gritty, balls to the wall racing.

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