WSBK »

Checa stays focused to qualify second

Carlos Checa will start the final two races of the 2011 World Superbike season from second position on the grid - but it is his future that is courting the most attention.
Carlos Checa says he is 'focused' on signing off his title-winning 2011 World Superbike campaign in style after qualifying second at Portimao, even if the new champion has been courting plenty of speculation off the track.

The Spaniard had been one of the pace setters in free practice, but would lose out on pole position to Jonathan Rea by two tenths of a second.

Checa's run to second comes as rumours off the track have linked him with a shock switch to BMW for next season, the German manufacturer apparently putting a lucrative, limited-time offer on the table in light of Ducati's hesitance to support the rider and Althea Racing for 2012.

Nonetheless, the Spaniard is keeping his head down and concentrating on the job in hand, one that could see him end 2011 with 16 race victories.

“It's a special weekend for many reasons and we are of course extremely satisfied to be on the front row. I was able to make a great lap and go under 1m42 which is a very good result but Johnny was stronger here today.

“We're here to fight and tomorrow I want to be as competitive as ever. We will stay focused on tomorrow's races and try to do our best.”

Meanwhile, Davide Giugliano will start his first WSBK event from 15th position after struggling to get the best from the bike in Superpole having ended Q2 in an impressive fifth place.

“We can't be dissatisfied but, to tell the truth, I perhaps expected a little more from myself. I think that at this track and with this bike we can do a great job. We were doing that during some of the sessions but then it became more difficult in the Superpole with the qualifying tyre.

“I had never ridden with that tyre before and it was pretty different from what I'm used to. I hoped to reach the second phase, to please the team, but I think they'll be equally pleased if I can make two strong races tomorrow. I need to make a good start and then try to stick with the group in front of me. Tomorrow's another day and I'm confident.”



Tagged as: Ducati , BMW , Althea , Portimao , Carlos Checa

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Checa, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Fire near Portimao track, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Fire near Portimao track, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Fire near Portimao track, Portuguese WSBK 2014
Ducati engine. WSBK Misano 2014
Ducati garage, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati exhaust, Donington WSBK 2014
Ducati, Donington WSBK 2014
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Niccolo Canepa - Althea Ducati [pic credit: David Salisbury]
Chaz Davies - Ducati SBK [pic credit: David Salisbury]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


angemb - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 6:36 AM

Shame on you Ducati. Checa does not deserve hesitance after such a great season. Hope he can win both races ... maybe it will make Ducati think twice.

alol - Unregistered

October 16, 2011 12:44 PM

Go on Carlos..........sign for ze Germans. Then you can instantly go back to what you really are on a bike without a massive unfair technical advantage...an also ran



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.