Carlos Checa will start off the front two rows of a World Superbike race for the first time in more than a year after struggling for grip during Superpole at Donington Park.
The reigning champion has been a model of qualifying consistency since the start of the 2011 season, the only blot on his Saturday copybook coming when he could only manage 11th place at Monza last year.
However, that run of strong qualifying performances would come to an end at Donington Park as Checa couldn't get the best from his tyres during the latter stages of SP2. Leaving him ninth on the grid, the Althea Ducati rider is now turning his attentions to the races.
“We had tried the qualifying tyre at the start of the second Superpole phase but when I saw that I needed to go out again, I opted for the race tyre. I thought I'd be able to make a low 1m28.
“I gave it all I had but it seemed like I didn't have the same level of grip that I had had in the morning, and I couldn't do quite enough. Anyway, it went like that and tomorrow I'll need to make a really strong start.”