Carlos Checa and Ducati will start on the front row of the World Superbike Championship grid for the first time since the curtain raiser at Phillip Island after the Spaniard made the most of the inclement conditions at Silverstone to get amongst the leaders.

After a difficult first day around the British circuit, Checa showed impressive progress on the Alstare Ducati Panigale during Q2 and FP2, the former champion comfortably reaching the final phase of Superpole for the second race in succession.

With the first Superpole session being cancelled in favour of a 'wet' session, Checa initially held down fourth, but with the earlier rain dying away, he joined his rivals on track for a last gasp effort in the final seconds.

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Admitting to taking 'some risks' as he chased a quick time in unknown conditions, Checa was relieved to come away second on the grid around a circuit he didn't expect to be challenging up front on.

"We managed the final 'wet' session really well; I went straight out and was lying fourth when it started to rain and we thought it would stay wet until the end. Instead, in the final minutes, I saw that others were going back out so I decided to head out too.

I took some risks because at that point I didn't know if there were damp sections or not but let's say it was worth it because I finished second. I'm pleased because after yesterday's problems we've taken a big step forward today and I was able to lap well with the race tyre too, recording some very good times in the Superpole.

"It won't be easy tomorrow but I hope to be able to make a good start and be there fighting with the leaders. I want to thank my team who've worked really hard all weekend, and especially for how they managed this afternoon's atypical Superpole."