Carlos Checa Earns Pole Position
Earlier this week,
veteran Carlos Checa rode his Althea Ducati at the Phillip Island
Test and beat out Sylvain Guintoli and teammate Jakub Smrz to come
out on top. His winning streak continued when he placed first again
in the qualifying round, earning the pole position for the World
Superbike Championship opener this weekend, according to Cycle
The Spaniard lapped the track in 1:31.577, but only .3 seconds behind him was Sylvain Guintoli, with at time of 1:312.850, the news source reported.
"Basically, we worked with the tires this afternoon, just to make choices for race day," Checa told the news provider. "I felt good today, but I think the grip was just a little bit less from the racetrack. We used the 'big' rear tire and had similar results to the previous ones, so if we do that I prefer to continue with the existing tires for now."
Rookie Eugene Laverty placed third with a time of 1:31.969 and rounding out the top four was Max Biaggi, who clocked in at 1:32.009.