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.”