Michel Fabrizio will move up into the top five of the overall World Superbike Championship standings, provided he scores three points more than closest rivals Leon Haslam and Leon Camier at Silverstone.
The Italian proved how much of a difference a decent starting position can make after recording a pair of fourth place finishes at Brno from the second row of the grid, the first time he has started inside the top six all year.
That points' haul puts the Suzuki Alstare rider on the cusp of the top five overall, a spot he is poised to assume at Silverstone if he can produce another strong qualifying and race performance.
“Last year I didn't start the first practice well - I was only 13th - but improved to fifth in the remaining practices and then finished Superpole with the third best time to end on the front row of the grid. This year, I have not been very successful in Superpole, so I would be very happy to be on the front row of the grid at Silverstone.
“I know my race pace is very good, but that's not good enough when you have to start the races from the third or fourth rows of the grid because it's hard to make up the time on the leaders.
“Like many times this year, for me, the first practice will be spent learning the track on my Alstare Suzuki. Last year I was on a twin, so I will have to learn to ride the track on a four cylinder and that will take a bit of getting used to.
“I am getting more and more comfortable with my bike as the season goes on and the team are doing a fantastic job making the bike competitive. There is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes and at the track and for sure I will be trying my best to get some good results for myself and the team this weekend.”