Rain hands Checa Monza lifeline

The inclement weather conditions play into the hands of Carlos Checa and Althea Ducati as the Spaniard qualifies on the front row.
Carlos Checa admits his results from the two World Superbike races at Monza will continue to be conditioned by the weather, despite making it onto the front row for his team's home event.

The Spaniard has often made reference to Monza being his and Althea Ducati's nadir, but the damp conditions of Superpole went a long way to negating the 1098R's speed disadvantage, allowing the reigning champion to snare a spot on the outside of the front row.

A wholly unexpected result given earlier predictions, Checa is nonetheless aware that his race results will still depend on what happens with the weather.

“In dry conditions it would have been impossible to close in the top four,” he said. “Fortunately the wet/damp track gave us a hand in today's Superpole and we took advantage of those mixed conditions.

“It's definitely an advantage to start from the front row but tomorrow's races will surely be conditioned by the weather. If the track's completely wet then we know what to do but in conditions like those of today everyone will end up taking a risk one way or the other with regard to tyres.”

Checa's team-mate Davide Giugliano was another to benefit from the conditions as he squeezed into the top eight shootout on the way to an eventual eighth place.

“It wasn't easy but we're satisfied with the work done and the fact that we're on the second row. All day we've been working in these mixed conditions and if it's like this tomorrow it's be hard for all of us. Having said that it would have been difficult for the Ducati in the dry too, and so we're happy with today's result. We'll see tomorrow how things are and then make some decisions.”

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