Michel Fabrizio has dedicated his podium finish in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship to his Ducati Xerox team for 'continuing to believe' in him.
Fabrizio has endured a troubled third season with the factory Ducati team, the Italian unable to live up to his initial title contender status as he slipped to a new low of tenth overall following the Miller Motorsports Park round.
Nonetheless, he gave the Ducati team something to cheer about on home soil at Misano as he turned in a third and fifth place finish, lifting him back up to eighth.
“It was very hard today; in race 1 I couldn't have done any more, I pusher until the end and had to be happy with fourth. In Race 2 we didn't win but we got on the podium which is nevertheless a good result. It wasn't at all easy and once Max got past me there was no way I was going to be able to stick with him; instead I had to do everything to hold on to third, with Crutchlow pushing all the way.
“I dedicate the podium to my team as my technicians work so hard every week and continue to believe in me. I will continue to give 100% in the next rounds and we hope Brno, a track that's traditionally favoured the two Roman riders, brings me good results.”
However, around a circuit well regarded as a Ducati stronghold, Fabrizio's podium was the day's sole highlight for the factory team as Noriyuki Haga settled for a lacklustre seventh and ninth.
“In race one the level of grip seemed to improve after the first few laps and I had better feeling but it was difficult to catch Haslam, I was having trouble braking, going into the corners. In the end I got past Haslam to finish seventh but I had hoped to do better.
“In race two I used my other bike, with a similar set up but just a different front fork. Feeling improved but I still wasn't happy with the traction; then I made a couple of small mistakes and, once I lost ground, it was almost impossible to make it back up. I'm hopeful we can do better at Brno, a track I enjoy.”