Carlos Checa admits he needs a good pair of results at Brno this weekend if he is to consider holding onto his World Superbike Championship crown.
The reigning champion has suffered with indifferent form aboard the Althea Ducati in 2012, his four wins negated by various mishaps that have left him fourth in the standings and 73 points off the lead with six rounds remaining.
Though Brno hasn't been one of Checa's favoured circuits over the years, his pair of podium finishes in 2011 gives him confidence that he can strive to get on the rostrum again this year.
“I like this track actually, despite the long straightway! Last season brought me my best Brno SBK result so far; the double podium finish gave me solid points at an important stage of the championship.
“I definitely need a points boost now, and hope that conditions allow us to make two strong races on Sunday. We're now into the second half of the championship and competition will be tough but we're ready to fight.”