Carlos Checa admits he has no idea what to expect from tomorrow's World Superbike races at Assen after qualifying fifth today. Weather conditions have been changing throughout the weekend and with that set to continue into Sunday, the reigning champion is refusing to make any predictions.
“This weekend has been, let's say, different to many others, in that we've seen almost everything from a weather point of view, and such variable conditions have prevented us from working well, as it's not been really dry or really wet for any length of time. In these conditions it's also difficult with only one bike, as we can no longer set up one for the dry and the other for the wet, and so we lose time. I can't make any guesses for the races, the only thing I can say with certainty is that everything is entirely unpredictable here at Assen!”
Althea Racing teammate Davide Giugliano has stated that he'd prefer wet conditions tomorrow after he failed to even make it into Superpole. The second qualifying session was totally affected by rain, preventing him from improving on his 19th place from Friday. The Italian accepted that the luck hadn't gone his way but doesn't feel all is lost just yet.
“Let's say that it didn't go our way this morning. We hoped to be able to make a few laps in the dry, seeing as we didn't manage to qualify for the Superpole during yesterday's session. But the track only got worse during today's session, and was neither completely wet nor totally dry. I'd say that we're better prepared for a wet race tomorrow, as we've had less time to work in the dry, but I just hope that we have one or the other, wet or dry, rather than mixed conditions like today.”