Checa hoping for Assen gains before Monza

Carlos Checa wants to get plenty of points in the bag at Assen ahead of what he expects will be a tougher weekend at the high-speed Monza.
Carlos Checa says he is striving for a good points' haul at Assen to consolidate his advantage at the top of the 2012 World Superbike Championship standings before the series heads to his 'bogie' circuit of Monza.

The Spaniard surged to the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the season at Imola following a resounding double victory, a feat he is keen to repeat when the series resumes in the Netherlands this weekend.

A race winner at Assen last season, Checa is particularly keen to go well around the iconic venue in an effort to give him a cushion over his rivals heading to Monza, which he anticipates will be a struggle aboard the twin-cylinder Althea Ducati.

“Imola was a really fantastic event that couldn't have gone better for me! I'm really happy with how it went, also because those points gained are vital for the championship.

“Now we must turn our attentions to Assen, where I hope to make two strong races before we head to Monza – that will undoubtedly be more difficult for the Ducati. Last year we did well at the TT circuit, a win and a third place – we'll be aiming for similar results again this time around.”

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GIXXER - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 1:32 PM

Two podiums at assen please, then followed by two races where he struggles to get a top 10 finish because of the lack of top end. Wait im sure someone will be posting a comment very soon saying how much an unfair advantage the Ducati has. :-S


April 19, 2012 11:08 AM

The Japanese factories can all build 1200cc multis and the rules will be changed to accomodate them because Superbike is modified production. ie. It reflects not dictates what is on the showroom floor. There seems to be a misunderstanding of this simple premise and also that the previous two winners of World Superbike were on a V4 and an inline 4... Anyway, good luck to Carlos, he's proven a classy performer on track this last couple of years and even more classy off it.

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