Carlos Checa says he cannot complain about finishing third and fourth at Brno as the reigning champion picked up his first double top five finish since Imola.
Determined to keep his flagging title defence alive, Checa qualified well to start on the front row, but while he was never far from the front in either race, he was never able to get embroiled in the lead fight.
Nonetheless, fourth place in race one and a third place in race two signalled a brace of solid finishes for the Althea Ducati rider, the Spaniard insisting he is happy to have scored good points around a circuit that he feels doesn't play to the twin-cylinder machine's strengths.
“We knew it would be hard at this track so I think we can be happy with third and fourth place finishes,” he said. “Despite the difficulties on the grid and at the start of race one, I was able to stick with those ahead of me and maintain a good pace.
“I admit I had my doubts on the grid because there is no way of knowing whether conditions will change during the race but we made the right tyre choice. Having said that it was hard - I had trouble catching and then passing those in front. So, all things considered, and bearing in mind that Rea crashed in front of me on the last lap, final fourth position wasn't so bad.
“Then, in race two, I started to lose grip in the final stages. There was no way I could keep up with Tom and Marco but I'm pleased that I was able to stay close and take third place. The team has worked really well together and it's also thanks to the harmony in the garage that I was able to take these results today.”
Checa is fourth in the standings, 67 points behind series leader Max Biaggi.