Michel Fabrizio admits he is dreaming about breaking his World Superbike victory duck at his home round of Monza after a successful opening day of action saw him grab provisional pole position.
The Italian was on fine form in free practice before translating that into the provisional qualifying session, Fabrizio setting the pace throughout the hour to come away some three tenths quicker than nearest challenger Tom Sykes.
Second on the current list of WSBK starts without a win – behind Karl Muggeridge - Fabrizio's perfect start to the weekend has got him thinking about scoring that long-awaited first victory in front of his local fans.
“Fastest in both the free practice and first qualifying, yes I'd say it's all going well so far. This weekend will be hard and Nori and Spies are on the pace but I'd really love to score my first win here at Monza and think that I can do a good job this weekend.
“In these last two weeks I have really thought hard about what's needed and what's needed is a win, to relieve some pressure, to boost by confidence and help take me to that next level. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's sessions.”
Team-mate Noriyuki Haga also enjoyed a strong opening to Ducati Xerox's home event, coming away with the third best time – four positions up on Ben Spies.
"It's gone very well today yes. Unfortunately the track conditions are not as good as they were during testing here a couple of weeks ago but finally we got under the 1m 45secs barrier and feeling has improved throughout the day even if I hope to find more improvements tomorrow by changing a few things.
“We're still not sure about the tyres but it will be interesting to see how we go tomorrow morning. So far, so good I think.”