WSBK » Fabrizio: I hope to be the surprise…

The Italian will be the sole Suzuki representative in 2011 following the manufacturer's decision to reduce investment.

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February 09, 2011 10:57 AM

Michel Fabrizio has been given so many chances. His performance has varied too much to make him a genuine front runner, he reminds me of Lanzi where occasionally he rides like a god but sometimes barely turns up. He was lucky to get the Suzuki ride and if he doesn't shine there, that'll probably mean the end of his career, and unfortunately for him, the benchmark was set by Leon Haslam.

SUZOOK - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 11:30 AM

The lone Suzuki will spring a lot of surprises during the season. The pressure on the BMW & Kawasaki squads will be immense because the weight of expectations on their shoulders is far greater than for an "old" and underdeveloped machine. The factory did absolutely nothing to the bike during 2010, hence Haslam's failure to mount a proper challenge for the title. Nothing has changed since then. Provided Michele displays consistency, I'm convinced that he will ruffle a few feathers this year. The Suzi is still mighty quick & might still prove to be the best handling in-line four in the field.Suzuki till I die!

jimmy - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 11:42 AM

Sweeble: Yeah, the benchmark was set by Leon Haslam. Leon finished 2nd in 2010. Fabrizio finished 3rd in 2009. Not so much difference, eh? I don't get the whole Fabrizio bashing thing here. He was 8th last year in struggling Xerox team. Two places behind WSBK legend Haga, ahead of Toseland, Corser, Camier or Xaus. He finished 6 times on a podium, he won in RSA. He was ahead of some 14 regular WSBK riders overall.


February 09, 2011 11:59 AM

I wouldn't say I am bashing Fabrizio, he's very good, but I just don't think that he is a potential title winner. He has been seen as the next great thing (by Dacati) for ages but never really gets on with it. Both Leon Haslam's 2nd last season and his excellent performance on the Stiggy Honda were on bikes which weren't the best, whereas Michel has had 2 years on the factory Duc which in at least one of those years was a potential championship winning bike. I just feel if he was a Bayliss/Spies/Corser/Toseland type rider he would have taken it by the scruff of the neck.

Triple Treat - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 1:39 PM

Michel's head was all over the place last year according to his old team. He's moved on from being a brash and arrogant young rider to one who is maybe thinking too much. But at least he brings money to a team struggling for budget.
Leon will find the BMW a handful and he will do well to better what he did last year. Michel won't get close to what Haslam managed last season.

legadema147 - Unregistered

February 09, 2011 5:29 PM

Sadly for many, Fabrizio is associated with an example of personal ego and arrogance (his) dominating over so expected and deserved sbdy's else championship (Haga's). He has never truly shone since then.

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