Michel Fabrizio has pronounced himself happy with his first official test as a Suzuki Alstare rider following three-days of riding at Motorland Aragon.
Though Fabrizio stepped out with the team during post-season testing at Magny-Cours, this was his first outing since being confirmed with the Japanese manufacturer for the 2011 season.
Still adapting to four-cylinder machinery after three years on a Ducati twin, Fabrizio was pleased to be making swift progress on the GSX-R1000 already.
"After our test in Magny-Cours in early October, it was good to get back on the bike and continue where we left off in France. Here we spent a lot of time working with the bike and trying to make me feel comfortable with it.
“After years of riding a twin-cylinder bike, there is a lot to adapt to, because the characteristics of a four-cylinder bike are very different to that of a twin. After these three days, I felt much more comfortable on the bike and I was able to steadily-build up my confidence. We haven't been chasing lap times or pushing too hard, but what we've done here is build up our understanding step by step.
“To be honest, I didn't expect to get on with the bike as quickly as I have - but that is a good sign. This track is quite technical and there are many ups and downs, but I like it a lot. It's a demanding track and although it's not that hard to learn, it is quite hard to shave off those last fractions of a second when you are chasing lap times."