Fabrizio takes advantage for maiden win

It has taken 87 races and 13 podium finishes over four years but Michel Fabrizio can finally call himself a World Superbike race winner after triumphing on home soil at Monza.

The Italian was in the right place at the right time when Ben Spies slowed coming out of the final corner having run out of fuel, Fabrizio duly sweeping through to beat Ducati Xerox team-mate Noriyuki Haga in the dash for the finish line.

Although even Fabrizio considers the circumstances of his win to be fortuitous, it did come having led in the early stages before mounting a comeback in the final laps after being unsettled by a gearchange problem.

While it wasn't quite good enough to beat Spies before he began slowing, Fabrizio remains a worthy winner having taken on and beaten Haga in a head-to-head for the first time this season.

“I am so happy with today's results,” he said. “It's gone well all weekend so I knew I had the chance to fight for the win and at last I've done it! Mid way through race one I was having trouble with the gears, especially when Ben passed me, but I didn't give up and fought till the end. It's a shame for Ben that the race finished as it did because it makes mine a bit of a false win but I'm very pleased of course.”

Coming away from Monza having scored 13 points more than any other rider, although he couldn't match Spies in race two on the way to second position, Fabrizio was happy to see the American make up for his race one problems.

“Ben deserved the win in the first race so I'm pleased he took it instead in race two. I had to ride the second bike in race two and for some reason I found it tricky at the start, I didn't have a great feeling and couldn't push but after a few laps I just concentrated on reaching the podium again and then it became easier.

“I thank my whole team for giving me such a fantastic bike this weekend. The double win I'll leave for the next race!”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Fabrizio, Monza WSBK Race 1 2009
Jonathan Rea, WSBK race2,Thai WSBK 2017
Mahias, WSS,Thai WSBK 2017
Caricasulo,WSS, Thai WSBK 2017
Hayden,Thai WSBK 2017
Davies,Thai WSBK 2017
De Angelis,Thai WSBK 2017
Badovini, Thai WSBK 2017
Kyle Ryde, WSS, Thai WSBK 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


May 11, 2009 2:53 AM

Fabrizio and Spies where just DEMONS on the brakes! They where absolutely amazing in race 1. There where numerous occasions that I said "no way are they gonna make it" only for the them to toss the bike into the turn. Brilliant. Not sure what to think about Fabrizios wave as he went by Spies. It was kind of funny and kind of dumb at the same time. I was thinking "why piss the guy off?"

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.