Fabrizio savours first win of season

Fabrizio wins his first race of the 2010 World Superbike campaign to resume a place inside the top ten overall
The Italian has managed a best finish of just seventh since twice visiting the podium at the Phillip Island season opener, a streak that left him outside the top ten in the overall standings heading to Kyalami.

However, having qualified on the front row in Superpole, Fabrizio grabbed the lead of race one from the opening corner and proceeded to manage his advantage over fellow Ducati rider Carlos Checa to the chequered flag.

“I'm really happy with the win in the first race, happy for Ducati of course but above all happy for myself. I really needed a result like this after several difficult races. It wasn't easy however, I had to ride an intelligent race, doing all I could to maintain the second of advantage that I had over Carlos. It was a great race but also a very tiring one!”

Fabrizio couldn't replicate his performance in race two, however, as grip woes dropped him down to eighth position by the chequered flag.

“Race two went very differently; the level of grip immediately began to drop after only three or four laps and it became impossible to catch the leading group that continued to gain on me. Anyway with the points taken in race one today I've gained a position in the overall standings and now I'll turn my attention to the next event at Salt Lake, a track I really like.”

Despite finishing down the order in race two, Fabrizio has moved up to eighth in the overall standings and is now just 11 points behind Xerox team-mate Noriyuki Haga.

Tagged as: Ducati , Xerox , superbikes , Kyalami

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May 17, 2010 4:27 PM

That first race was pretty impressive stuff by Fabrizio.Think Haga is on the way out of the Factory Ducati team regardless of a possible Bayliss comeback next year.Haga is a lost soul this season,very strange.


May 17, 2010 1:54 PM

I know there is a lot of talk about if/when Bayliss comes back. But if you put that talk to one side and look at the facts, Michel Fabrizio has only won 4 races and is in his third season as a Factory Ducati rider, that is just not good enough. Yes it's true that Noriyuki Haga's head might have gone west, but the fact is that IF he can pull himself together and string together some decent results he would have to be favourite to keep his ride, he won 8 races last year and 1 this year, that's a lot more then Michel in less time. The question is will Haga want to stay at Ducati if Bayliss comes back or would he retire or move to BMW? I'd love to see Troy and Nori in the same team, who wouldn't?

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