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.”