Grip woes consign Checa to row three

Carlos Checa can only manage ninth position in qualifying at Donington Park after struggling to find grip on his Althea Ducati.
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.”

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JET - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 5:10 PM

Seems like Pirelli has been lacking in the quality making of there tires,not only M/C but in F1 racing also.There street tires have dropped off also,I used to run them on my Duc but had nothing but problems so i went and am staying w/ the Bridgestones.I say get rid of them and go w/ the racing Bridges or Michelin,this i think will help out all the racers and make it more exciting for the sport,my opinion only guys,We all want the best and safest set of tires.

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