Michel Fabrizio is confident he can get his flagging World Superbike season back on track with a victory for Ducati Xerox at Kyalami.
The Italian has endured a dismal run of form recently to slip to eleventh position in the overall standings, but has shown well in South Africa so far this weekend.
Although disappointed to miss out on pole position, Fabrizio was otherwise pleased to secure a spot on the front row, the three-time WSBK race winner – who finished second in both races at Kyalami last season – hoping it will aid his victory challenge
“Today's Superpole was not at all easy. I had to really push and at one point I risked finding myself on the ground. I thought I'd finished in second but in the end it was fourth. Anyway, I'm on the front row tomorrow and am confident that I can make two great races.
“We've been going strong both today and yesterday and I know I have good race pace. Of course the competition is always the same but, from fourth on the grid, I think I can push for the win.”
On the other side of the garage, there was further disappointment for Noriyuki Haga, who finished bottom of the pile in SP2 once more, the 2009 runner-up citing a lack of grip.
“Today I had problems due to a lack of rear grip. In the Superpole, even on the qualifier, I didn't have enough grip to be able to turn the bike and really push. We still have tomorrow morning to work on the bike and we'll do our best to improve.”