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Fabrizio plans to be surprise of 2011

The Italian will be the sole Suzuki representative in 2011 following the manufacturer's decision to reduce investment.
Michel Fabrizio says he hopes he can be the surprise package of the 2011 World Superbike Championship following his switch to the trimmed Suzuki Alstare team.

The Italian will ride a single Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the Belgian-based outfit after three years with the factory Ducati Xerox team, a tenure that yielded four victories and a run to third in the standings in 2009.

Signalling a return to four-cylinder machinery, having made his debut with Honda in 2006, the move will also see him rekindle his relationship with the Alstare outfit that gave him his Superstock break in 2003.

Describing it as 'coming back home', Fabrizio is shrugging off Suzuki's much publicised decision to trim to a single bike for 2011, adding that he is confident he can get his season off to a strong start.

“It's a bit like coming back home," he said. "Team owner Francis Batta gave me a great opportunity in 2003 and I hope that 2011 will also represent another turning-point in my career".

"Suzuki have reduced the budget a bit for the Superbike development but the GSX-R is very competitive and last year it was the only bike that managed to keep up with the Aprilia. The team will continue under its own resources: for example, in the tests we had a different engine to the one used by Haslam in 2010 and a further step is expected for the summer races.

"It'll be important to begin the world championship on the right foot. I always seem to go well in Australia and so does the Suzuki. I hope to be the surprise..."



Tagged as: Michel Fabrizio , Alstare , Suzuki

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Sweeble

February 09, 2011 10:57 AM

Michel Fabrizio has been given so many chances. His performance has varied too much to make him a genuine front runner, he reminds me of Lanzi where occasionally he rides like a god but sometimes barely turns up. He was lucky to get the Suzuki ride and if he doesn't shine there, that'll probably mean the end of his career, and unfortunately for him, the benchmark was set by Leon Haslam.

Sweeble

February 09, 2011 11:59 AM

@jimmy I wouldn't say I am bashing Fabrizio, he's very good, but I just don't think that he is a potential title winner. He has been seen as the next great thing (by Dacati) for ages but never really gets on with it. Both Leon Haslam's 2nd last season and his excellent performance on the Stiggy Honda were on bikes which weren't the best, whereas Michel has had 2 years on the factory Duc which in at least one of those years was a potential championship winning bike. I just feel if he was a Bayliss/Spies/Corser/Toseland type rider he would have taken it by the scruff of the neck.



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