Michel Fabrizio will look to build on his victory at Kyalami last time out as the World Superbike Championship heads to Miller Motorsport Park this weekend for the seventh round of the year.
The Italian's victory in race one in South Africa allowed him to move to eighth in the championship standings and he now sits just eleven points behind Xerox Ducati team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who heads to America sitting sixth.
With confidence on a high on he back of his victory, Fabrizio will now hope to extend a fine run of form at Miller which has seen him finish on the podium in four successive races, with three third places followed by a runner-up finish in the second race last year.
"I'm looking for a great weekend at Miller as I like the track and the American crowds and I'd love to be back on the podium there, maybe even on the top step this time!” he said. “I don't know why but the track seems to suit my riding style and I'm really looking forward to going back there again. I'm in eighth position but with good points I hope to be able to catch the riders immediately ahead of me in the standings.”
Team-mate Haga however has endured less luck on his two previous visits to the Salt Lake City venue, with the American circuit being one of only two circuits where he failed to finish on the podium last year. Indeed, Haga has never finished higher than sixth at Miller and will look to make amends in an effort to draw closer to points leader Leon Haslam in the standings.
"I've had some bad luck at Salt Lake and so I can't say it's my favourite track,” he said. “Two years ago I broke my collarbone and then I crashed again there last year, hurting my back which made the races difficult. I hope we can do better at Miller this season as we need to make up lost ground at this point.”