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.”