|Checa had two important days in Jerez
Carlos Checa has had a positive two day test in Jerez this week, following a tough start to the season at Philip Island and Aragon.
Fresh from round two of the World Superbike season at Aragon, Checa and the Alstare Ducati team concentrated on refining the set-up of the 1199 Panigale.
The 40 year old is currently 13th position in the world championship standings after a big crash in Philip Island race 1 back in February, and 7th and 8th place finishes in Aragon.
Two days in the Spanish heat gave the team time to modify the settings and improving traction for upcoming races.
Former world champion Checa said ‘These were two very important days that we used to better understand the bike’s reactions. The weather helped us this time around too. We worked on different solutions for both the front and rear setting and in the end I’m happy with what we were able to get done. We’ve found a set-up that I like and this is important in order to have a good base from which to start at Assen.’
Italian teammate Ayrton Badovini was also present at the test, and was working on similar set-up changes to Checa.
Badovini, who is in 15th position in the championship said ‘This test was key and allowed us to work on the bike and improve sensation. We’ve worked particularly on traction, to sharpen the bike on used tyres and maintain constant grip, which was my main problem at Aragon. We’ve tried different solutions and collected information that will be useful at Assen. I’m pleased with the work we’ve completed and look forward to next week’s races.’