Michel Fabrizio is setting his sights on Ben Spies' second position in the World Superbike Championship standings following a dominant performance on the opening day of action at Kyalami.
Just as he was at Monza, Fabrizio was in fine form during free practice and provisional qualifying, the Italian emerging some four tenths faster than his closest competitor Jonathan Rea.
Less than a week after Fabrizio celebrated his first World Superbike victory in Italy, the increasingly confident Ducati Xerox rider was pleased to quick early on, but admits he will need to go faster to maintain his position.
“Everything has gone well so far. After the win and second place at Monza I've arrived here ready for action. We were fast right from the beginning of this morning's practice and this made it easier to improve further during the qualifying. We'll see tomorrow but I'm sure that to remain ahead I need to go a few tenths faster than I have today.
Now 21 points behind Spies in the standings, Fabrizio says the opportunity to close the gap to the American and snatch second from him is proving a tempting motivator.
“I'm aware that I'm 21 points off second place in the championship and knowing this only spurs me on further!”