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Fabrizio overcomes foot pain for brace of fourths

Michel Fabrizio enjoys one of his best World Superbike weekends of the season with a run to fourth place in both races at Brno.
Michel Fabrizio is just three points adrift of a top five position in the overall World Superbike Championship standings after claiming a pair of fourth place finishes at Brno, despite battling excruciating pain in his foot.

The Italian has been suffering with a cyst between the toes on his right foot through the weekend, but while Fabrizio was forced to take a pain-killing injection before the races, he struggled to put pressure on the right foot-peg.

Despite this, the Suzuki Alstare rider enjoyed a competitive day of racing, finishing just off the podium in fourth position for both races, results that leave him poised to crack the top five in the overall standings.

"I am happy to get two fourth places today considering all things,” he said. “I have raced here before with a broken collarbone, but that pain was nothing like my right foot today. Every time I pushed down hard on the right foot-peg I was in agony, and, as this circuit is a clockwise one, there are a lot of right turns. I couldn't push as hard as normal in the right-handers and that prevented me from going any quicker.

"I was happy with my bike set-up and enjoyed the races - apart from the pain of course. I used the same bike and tyres for both races and the only thing we did was a small adjustment to improve the grip. The grip was better in the second race, but once the front three had pulled out a gap, I found it difficult to catch them. But all-in-all, I'm pretty happy with my results today."

Fabrizio is currently seventh overall, level on points with Leon Camier and three points fifth place Leon Haslam.




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RawDawg

July 11, 2011 4:54 PM

Suzuki just squanders opportunities. They had Leon last year who was a winner and all they had to do was give him some backing to have a good title push. This year, Fab is leading the charge and would be a regular podium contender if only he had more support. For guys to be pushing the front on this unsupported bike shows the huge potential that has been wasted. This bike should be fighting for podiums week in and week out.

SUZOOK - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 3:57 PM

I'm pleased that the Suzuki is still holding its own against machinery that have far greater resources at their disposal. I'm convinced that the Gixxer will be a regular winner and podium finisher with the right type of backing from the factory. I hope Suzuki redouble their efforts next year and run a two man team. Fabrizio should be retained because he's performing more than adequately. If Hopper doesn't make the move into MotoGP than Alstare should look no further. He is already acquainting himself with the GSX-R in BSB. His only stumbling block would be having to learn new tracks again. C'mon Suzuki! The bike has enormous potential and is just waiting to have it unlocked before the new model arrives.



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