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Fabrizio defies pain for fourth

Michel Fabrizio signals his frustration at a grid slot that he feels prevented him from scoring a podium at Motorland Aragon.
Michel Fabrizio has reiterated a determination to improve his qualifying performances after once again fighting through the field to claim a fourth place finish at Motorland Aragon.

The Italian, who came into the weekend suffering an arm injury sustained at Misano a week earlier, was nonetheless amongst the pace setters during free practice, but struggled again in qualifying when he could only manage 11th on the grid.

Nonetheless, Fabrizio once again demonstrated his strong race pace as he battled for fourth in both encounters. Though his race one endeavour ended with an accident whilst running sixth, the Suzuki rider was able to complete a good fourth place finish in race two.

Finishing just adrift of third place man Carlos Checa, who started fourth, Fabrizio admits he needs to work on qualifying if he is to maximise his pace.

“I am happy with my performance in the second race., but obviously not happy with my crash in the first. My first race start was not so good and I was pushing very hard, trying to catch the leaders, when I lost the front and down I went. I managed to hit my injured arm again, but fortunately I didn't do any further damage.

“I made a perfect start [in race two] and was up to fourth by lap five. I saw Checa ahead and closed in on him lap by lap, but although I could get near to him, his bike's acceleration out of the corners was better than mine and so I couldn't pass him. It was a bit frustrating seeing the way his bike blasted out of the turns, but I kept fighting in case he made a mistake. Unfortunately for me, he did not, so I ended fourth.

“I am happy because my laps times were very similar to the leaders and this proves that I can run with the best. If it hadn't been for my poor grid position, I think I would've been on the podium today. If I can qualify, I'm sure I can get on the podium. The next round in Brno would be a good place to do it."



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