Fabrizio delighted with double podium

Michel Fabrizio's hopes of a good finish in this year's World Superbike Championship are back on track after scoring a pair of podiums in Valencia that 'exceeded' his expectations.

The Italian was left on the back foot heading to Spain after failing to finish either race in Qatar, while he had admitted pre-event to not previously enjoying the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Nonetheless, Fabrizio was able to capitalise on the Ducati Xerox's strong form at Valencia, reaching the third stage of Superpole without any problems before qualifying his bike on the front row of the grid.

Although a tardy start dropped him to eighth in race one, he slowly worked his way back into contention, overtaking Regis Laconi and Max Neukirchner late on to secure a career best-equalling second place finish.

Following that up with a third in the second race, Fabrizio admits he was surprised to be standing on the podium twice.

“We did a lot better than I expected too as Valencia is not my favourite track. I hoped for two top five finishes so we exceeded my expectations and I am of course very happy with the results. When I saw Nori (Haga) get away from us in Race one I knew it would be hard to catch him but as we have been going well all weekend I was pleased that the work paid off and that it saw me to the podium.

At a certain point in Race 2 I realised that I wouldn't be able to fight with Ben for second but I stayed focused and held off Laconi who was pushing hard. A good day; I thank my team who have worked so hard all weekend.”

Fabrizio's performance has subsequently catapulted him from 11th in the standings to fourth position, albeit 75 points behind team-mate and championship leader Haga.

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April 06, 2009 1:00 PM

I just read on espnstar what this worthless piece of sh!t said about Spies only doing good because of his bike and that Haga was unimpressive even though he adapted well to the bike, so I guess all of a sudden he is Mr. Hotsh1t, who never won a thing in his life. Who only gets to see Hagas and Spies' tailpipes for the first lap or two. So many good riders in superbike that could do so much more with his bike. If he wasn't Italian he wouldn't even be the underachieving lacky on the factory team. He may not even have gotten a ride this year. I hope he doesn't next year after underachieving again this season.

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

April 06, 2009 4:50 PM

Come on Al.... Read the bloke's posting history and you'll realise the Dynamightsquid won't be held back by anything as inconvenient as objective facts :rolleyes: Facts include Fabrizio's fast but erratic and has proved loyal to Ducati (being a good wingman for Bayliss on occaision). No, the burning questions clearly are: - Will he deduce he goes faster with whiskers & keep them. AND his nicknames wizard and tornado (and for all I know lingerie salesman) having failed to deliver results........ - Will he henceforth be known as 'the Bog-brush'?

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