Around a circuit where he has won five of the last six races as a Ducati rider, Carlos Checa's victories at Imola seemed a distant memory this weekend as he failed to crack the top ten at this year's event aboard the 1199 Panigale.
Confident of enjoying a step forward around a circuit that was expected to suit the twin-cylinder machine, Checa was instead left floundering the entire weekend, struggling for grip and being comfortably out-paced for the first time by team-mate Ayrton Badovini.
Culminating in him finishing the races 11th and 12th, the 2011 champion admits there is much to do at upcoming tests if he is to improve the Alstare team's fortunes.
“This weekend has been hard. Honestly I expected to take a step forward here at Imola but it didn't go as we'd hoped. We've made a series of changes over the weekend but they haven't brought the desired results. I had problems with grip at the rear of the bike in both races and it was difficult to change direction.
“I'm disappointed and sorry for the team that has worked so hard again this weekend. We definitely have a lot of work to do during the upcoming tests in order to understand how to improve…”