Carlos Checa knows he needs to leave Miller Motorsports Park this weekend with a heavy haul of points as he bids to successfully defend his title. The Spaniard won three of the season's opening four races but hasn't won since and trails Max Biaggi by 23 points approaching the halfway point in the season.
Checa had a miserable time at Donington Park two weeks ago but did the double last time World Superbikes raced in Salt Lake City, something that fills him with optimism ahead of Monday's racing.
“I have always enjoyed the atmosphere at Miller, the people, the mountains, the layout of the track itself. The track suits my riding style and I have many great memories thanks to the results I've obtained there these last years. At Donington we lost ground in the classification and so definitely need a strong weekend now.”
Althea Racing teammate Davide Giugliano is racing at Miller for the first time with the support classes not making the trip across the Atlantic and the Italian can't wait to sample the circuit.
“Miller Motorsports Park will be a totally new track for me. I can't wait to see it as I've heard a lot of good things and know that Carlos loves racing there. I was disappointed with the Donington results of course and want to make up for things at Salt Lake – I'll be giving it my all, to take as many points as possible and improve my championship position.”