Fabrizio shrugs off Donington weather concerns

Michel Fabrizio says his rivals are 'unduly concerned' about the prospect of cold and wet weather ahead of this weekend's Donington Park round.
Michel Fabrizio is looking forward to the second round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Donington Park regardless of the weather conditions that many fear will affect the weekend.

The Italian enjoyed a solid opening weekend competing on the sole Suzuki Alstare machine at Phillip Island with a run to sixth and eighth position, but is eyeing better at Donington Park having finished on the podium there for Ducati in 2009.

With the event occurring much earlier in the year than usual, raising concerns that poor weather could wreak havoc on the weekend, Fabrizio points out that it will be up to the riders to decide how they react to the conditions.

“A lot of people seemed to be unduly concerned about how the weather may be at this time of the year, but the last race in Australia wasn't as good as we all expected, so Donington might be OK.

“Whatever the weather is, it will be the same for everybody and if it happens to cold and wet, then that's how it's going be and I and the others just have to get on with it. On the other hand, it may turn out to be a fine, spring day and everybody will be happy - especially the fans.

“The last time we raced at Donington, I finished with a podium in the race two, so my memories of it are pretty good. I understand that the track has been modified a bit since then, so we will all be starting off learning about the changes and what effects they have on getting a good set-up.

“Most of the track is pretty flowing, but there are couple of places where you have to be really hard on the brakes and that is why a good set-up and well-balanced bike is vital.

“British fans are always very enthusiastic about their racing and I hope that the weather is OK and we get a good crowd. I am feeling very positive about Donington and will be aiming for a good practice, qualifying and Superpole and then another great Donington podium.”

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Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Race 2 2011
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Fabrizio, Australian WSBK Race 1 2011
Xavi Fores, Barni Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Camier, MV Agusta Reparto Corse [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Marco Melandri, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Marco Melandri, Racing Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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dangleberry - Unregistered

March 22, 2011 12:38 PM

When he rode the Pramac Ducati at Brno in 2009 he did about 3 laps and then came in complaining that his arms were hurting due to the braking so not sure he would be the best replacement on the GSV-R.


March 22, 2011 12:07 PM

Give Fabrizio a shakedown test on the GSV-R! I know Hopkins will ride it at Jerez, but with the BSB clash for the Estoril race, Fabrizio should ride it then, he's ridden an 800cc GP bike on Bridgestones, so surely he's Suzuki's next best bet for a Bautista replacement?

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