Michel Fabrizio has admitted he needs to improve his performances in qualifying if he is to capitalise on a run of impressive race performances in the World Superbike Championship.
Fabrizio is having a strong year as Suzuki Alstare's sole representative, claiming top eight finishes in each of the races he has finished so far, including four top five finishes.
However, with grid positions of just 9th-11th-13th-7th-15th respectively, Fabrizio identifies qualifying as the area in which he needs to start improving if he is to make the most of his evident race pace.
“I am hoping that Misano will be dry and that I can do better in qualifying and Superpole than in USA,” he said. “As I said before, this series is so competitive that you have be on the first two rows of the grid if you are to have any chance of a podium. So my aim is to be on the first two rows of the grid, make good starts and get on the podium. I was on the podium at Misano last year, so it would be good to be on it again this year.”
Another home race for Fabrizio, the Italian heads to Misano looking to impress having overcome the 'flu that hampered his progress in the United States
“I didn't feel anywhere near right throughout the race weekend in USA and it was a big struggle, especially during practice and qualifying. I arrived in America feeling pretty rough - because of something one of my children had passed on to me - and on race day I guess I was about 80 per cent fit.
“It then didn't help when I was taken out in the first race and injured my left thigh and leg. But that injury made me more determined in the second race and I really enjoyed the fight - especially with Laverty towards the end of the race. If there had been one more lap, I would've passed him for sure.
“I don't feel any extra pressure racing in Misano, even though people regard it as a 'home' race for me. I know that I will have a lot of friends and fans there, but it is just another racetrack and I want to do well at every racetrack I go to.
“For me, the season so far has been hard, but we all knew that before it began and I think we have surprised a few people along the way. I am pretty happy with how things have gone and I am so much more comfortable on the bike now then I was at the start of the season.”