Fabrizio eager to maintain testing form

Michel Fabrizio wants to translate his rapid pace in testing at the remaining World Superbike Championship events on the calendar after coming away from Imola second quickest.

The Italian was fastest in two of the four sessions and looked on course to finish the annual test in front when he lowered his best time to 1min 48.8secs, only for Jonathan Rea to go two tenths quicker with his last effort.

Nonetheless, having had to shoulder the majority of the development work on the Ducati Xerox 1198 due to the absence of the injured Noriyuki Haga, Fabrizio was satisfied with the progress made.

He is now looking ahead to the next World Superbike round at Brno, scene of arguably his finest performance in 2008 when he finished on the podium twice behind former team-mate Troy Bayliss.

“Both days we have worked really well, despite the excessive heat. All in all, I am very happy with what we've achieved here. As planned, today we did a good test of the three new Pirelli tyres and all seemed to perform well, even with these extreme conditions.

“In the afternoon we made some set-up changes, particularly testing a different fork, but unfortunately it didn't give me a particularly good feeling and so we went back to that which I've always used.

“I'm happy that I was one of the fastest here this week and now I have to replicate this performance each race weekend from now on! I leave here feeling really confident ahead of Brno and am also looking forward to returning to Imola in September.”

Tagged as: world , Ducati , Xerox , Fabrizio , superbikes , Imola , test

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July 17, 2009 2:45 PM

Interesting the tone of the comments from Fab, Rea and the like vs. Spies (who seemed to be more calculating than his rivals). Almost as if the 'others' need to impress or reinforce themselves. I understand that Ben did not top the time sheets so no chest beating could be had but it is just the tone that interests me (could be the reporting as well). :?

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