After taking his first podium finish for Alstare Suzuki in race two of the recent Monza round, Michel Fabrizio is confident he can fight for more rostrum appearances in this Monday's Miller Motorsport park round.
Former factory Ducati rider Fabrizio, now the lone Alstare rider, has taken four podiums in the last three years at the power-sapping American track.
"The first time we went out on the track here, I thought there was something wrong with my bike, because it seemed slow," he admitted. "But we all soon realised that it was because we were so high up and the engine performance was affected. It's the same for everybody of course and now we are much more used to it.
"The track is quite technical and there are a variety of curves to keep you on your toes. Last year was not so good for me, but the year before that I got a second and a third.
"It's a very tough season this year and our team has been working very hard to give me a competitive bike and that's why I was so happy to get on the podium at Monza – I felt that we deserved it.
"It's always a mixed blessing being in a one-rider team because although you get a lot of attention, there is nobody to exchange information with. For sure, if there were two riders in the team, we would probably progress more quickly. But that's not the case, so we all just have to get down to it and do the best we can.
"After the last round, I am thinking that more podiums are possible and it would be great to get one - or maybe two! - in the USA."
Fabrizio starts round five holding seventh In the championship, having scored points in all but one race this year.