Michel Fabrizio is confident of a second career victory in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship after being denied pole position by less than a tenth of a second at Brno.

Although not quite as small as the margin that separated them after qualifying at Kyalami, Fabrizio proved close competition to Ben Spies during the shootout, even if the Italian was not quite able to prise a ninth Superpole victory from the American.

Nonetheless, having been identified by Spies as the big threat for the two races, Fabrizio, a five-time podium winner at Brno over the last three seasons, has high hopes for his performance over a longer distance.

"The weekend is going very well and I've been one of the fastest in every session," the Ducati Xerox rider said. "I just hope this is also the case tomorrow! Today's Superpole was great, a very close fight with me once again very close to Ben, missing out on the pole by so little to him.

"I'm feeling confident about the races because we completed a good long-run this afternoon and I'm very happy with the set-up of my bike. It'll be a three-way duel tomorrow I guess and I hope to make a strong start because Ben and Max will surely be up there. I'm just sorry that Nori is missing from this group this weekend."