Ducati Xerox head into the two World Superbike races at Silverstone with one eye on the front row and the other on the mid-field after a day of differing fortunes for riders Michel Fabrizio
and Noriyuki Haga.
Having spent the first day getting acquainted with the revised circuit, Fabrizio forged towards the front during Superpole, qualifying comfortably for the shootout before placing third on the grid.
Professing to 'love' the new circuit, Fabrizio – who is benefitting from a reduced base weight on his 1198 - is confident he will be a factor come race day too.
“I'm really happy with today's result and I dedicate it to my team who have been working so hard this weekend. I love this new track and after the second session yesterday I felt confident that I'd be able to qualify on the front row.
“Superpole went very well; I chose to use a race tyre in the last phase because the first qualifier I'd used earlier hadn't given me a great feeling, and my choice proved to be a good one. We have a good race pace I think, though Cal is faster, and I must say I'm feeling quite confident ahead of tomorrow's races.”
It was a tougher day for Haga, who will start 15th after suffering from the 'turn in' issues that have dogged him since the beginning of the weekend.
“Unfortunately I continued to have some problems today and the difficulty I was having in turning the bike as I want haven't yet been resolved. I hoped that with the qualifier we could have done better but that wasn't the case today and I'm back on the fourth row.
“There are many strong riders here, including the Brits, and the races are going to be really tough. We'll see what we are able to achieve.”