After suffering his worst results of the season in last Sunday's Monza race, 2011 World Superbike Championship leader Carlos Checa hit back by leading a two-day private test session at Misano.

The Althea Ducati rider, who is now a reduced 27 points clear of his nearest rival, Marco Melandri, after his 9th-10th Monza finishes, completed 140 laps alongside factory Aprilia and BMW riders at the test.

Misano will host round six of this year's championship on June 12 and thus finding a race set-up was the main priority. However, Checa also found time to do a qualifying tyre run on Wednesday morning, which is when he set his test-topping lap of 1min 34.8sec.

That beats the official Misano WSBK Best Lap of 1min 35.001sec and is within one-second of last year's MotoGP pole time.

"We have worked well, concentrating on both chassis settings and electronics, as well as on the tyres of course," said Checa. "We have found a good set-up for the Misano race and have also identified a few things that could be useful [next time] at Miller too.

"[On Wednesday] morning the track conditions were good and I was able to lap very fast with a qualifier. Then this afternoon, although the track was slower, I found good rhythm with the race tyre.

"Let's say I'm satisfied. I've got good sensation back again; after Monza, a really difficult round for me, I'm happy to have been able to come here and be competitive once again. I'm very pleased."

Checa has won four of the eight races so far this season and had been on the podium at every race prior to Monza.

Aprilia's reigning world champion Max Biaggi was second fastest at the test, thanks to a 1min 35.6sec lap set on day one, with BMW's Troy Corser in third place and exactly one-second from Checa.

Team-mate Leon Haslam was fourth with a 1min 36.1sec, followed by Biaggi's team-mate Leon Camier (1min 36.3sec), Pata Aprilia's Noriyuki Haga (1min 37.0sec) and Aprilia test rider Alex Hofmann (1min 37.6sec)

Yamaha will shortly be testing at Aragon with Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty, while Castrol Honda is to test at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah with Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus.



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