Fonsi Nieto is hoping a more familiar circuit will help him get the most of the Suzuki Alstare Brux machine following a troublesome World Superbike return at Kyalami.
Nieto has been retained as the replacement for the injured Max Neukirchner, despite scoring just a single point on his return to the team in South Africa, the Spaniard complaining of a struggle to adapt to both a new bike and an unknown circuit.
Nonetheless, Nieto is feeling more positive about the latest round at Miller Motorsports Park having learnt more about the K9 specification bike, while the more familiar twists and turns should also aid his cause.
“First, I want to wish Max a speedy recovery from his injuries,” he said. “I am happy to help the team in the meantime and will do my best for them of course. Although the K9 is a very different bike to the K8 I rode last year, at least I know the team well and can rely on their hard work and help throughout the weekend.
“I didn't like Kyalami at all, but Miller is a very different type of track and I am looking forward to racing there again. Although I have only ridden the K9 for one weekend, it does seem to require more work at finding a good set-up. But, unlike Kyalami, at least I know which way round the track goes and so I am hopeful of much better results.”
Nieto finished fifth and eighth at Miller Motorsports Park in 2008.