Carlos Checa says a 'miscommunication' was the reason for his failure to qualify higher than 16th for the seventh round of the 2012 eni World Superbike Championship at Misano, an event he was expected to start at the front.
The Spaniard came into Superpole having set the pace in FP2 but while he demonstrated pace in the closing stages of the 'wet' session, he coasted into the pit lane, in turn aborting a fast lap.
As it happens, Checa's pit-board to said 'box' prompting him to return to the pit lane, only to discover there had been an error. By the time Checa had returned to the circuit, he didn't have enough time to turn in a late flying lap.
As such, Checa will start a lowly 16th around a circuit that many riders feel is difficult to overtake on, but the while the man himself admits he faces a challenge, he is confident he can rise the order.
“Maybe we should have clarified our strategy beforehand. There was a miscommunication. They gave me 'box' on the pitboard and I thought I needed to come in and change tyre while I should have stayed on track. It's a shame because we had demonstrated that we had the potential to do well in today's Superpole.
“Anyway, we'll be starting from the fourth row tomorrow and will need to make a good recovery from there. The tyre choice will be key, so we'll need to make an educated decision and then see what we can do.”