Michel Fabrizio achieved his objective of qualifying on the front two rows of the grid during Supeprole at Brno, the Suzuki Alstare rider claiming his best position of the season in sixth.
The Italian has endured a series of struggles during Superpole, but despite finding himself in the drop zone towards the end of both SP1 and SP2, he was able to haul himself into SP3 for only the second time this year.
The Suzuki rider has produced a series of strong rides from difficult grid positions this season, giving him confidence that he can challenge for the podium from the second row.
“I am happy to be on the first two rows of the grid, because it feels like a long time since I was there,” he said. “It was very hard work out there today and I am very tired now because I was riding over my limit. But that's what you have to do in Superpole and today my reward was the sixth quickest lap time. Our plan, as usual, was to get into Superpole 3 and we did that today by using our two qualifying tyres in Superpoles 1 and 2.
“That meant that I only had regular race rubber to use in Superpole 3 and so I wasn't able to go any faster. Yesterday we had some problems with the rear end of the bike moving around on the brakes and today we solved the problem just by changing the tyre. I am happy with the set-up of my bike for the race and I am looking forward to getting two good starts and being right with the leaders from the beginning.
“Rain is forecast for tomorrow, but I really don't think any of us want that. It will make life difficult for all of us and I don't think the fans would be too happy either. I hope it stays dry and I can fight for the podium in both races.”