Lorenzo Lanzi is determined to repay Daniele Carli and DFX Corse for reviving his World Superbike Championship career ahead of the seventh round of the 2009 season at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Italian, a former factory Ducati rider, was left without a team in 2009 having struggled to impress on the privateer RG Ducati in 2008 beyond his surprise victory at Valencia.
Nonetheless, Lanzi will take the place of the injured Regis Laconi on the competitive DFX Ducati, a bike that, in the hands of the Frenchman, has proved to be a consistent top ten performer throughout the season.
Indeed, Lanzi is aware of the opportunity he has been given to get back towards the front of the WSBK field and he is determined to grasp it with both hands.
"First I want to send a big 'get well' to Regis Laconi, with the wish that he is able to return to the track as soon as possible. My second thoughts are with Daniele Carli and all those who have shown faith in me in a particularly difficult period of my sporting career.
“After quite a turbulent 2008 - during which I nonetheless achieved a victory - I was left without a ride, and my competitive future looked to be ever-more gloomy. I am grabbing the opportunity given to me by DFX Corse with a lot of enthusiasm, but also with the necessary rational attitude that such a project demands.
“I need to get back into the groove after so long of being inactive, but I'm sure the team will do everything possible to help me re-adjust as well and as quickly as possible. I've always been a Ducati rider, and coming back to ride a twin from Bologna fills me with pride and psychologically motivates me more than anything.
Lanzi finished 11th and tenth at Miller Motorsports Park in 2008, one of only six top ten finishes throughout the season.
“I've got good memories of Miller, a tough track but one where the rider can really still make a difference. I hope to be able to repay the team with a strong result, because they really deserve it."