Michel Fabrizio feels he is capable of producing a better performance at the Nurburgring than his previous results suggest as he looks to stay in the hunt for the overall World Superbike top five.
Having made up ground on Leon Haslam and Leon Camier with a trio of fourth places at Motorland Aragon and Brno, Alstare Suzuki rider Fabrizio lost touch again with a quiet single run to ninth at Silverstone, a result that puts him 17 points off the fight for fifth.
Nonetheless, Fabrizio feels he is capable of strong results on the GSX-R1000 – the only full-time Suzuki in the field -, even at the Nurburgring where he has never managed a better result that sixth in 2008.
It's true that my recent results at the Nurburgring have not been so good, so this is a great opportunity for a big improvement. The track is quite technical and although it is not so hard to learn it is quite hard to shave off those last fractions of a second. Turn one is very slow and the track seems to narrow right down on the approach and it's easy to get tangled up with another rider or two! The exit is also a bit tricky and it's a turn where there's always a lot going on - especially if you are in a group.
“The first day of practice is going to feel a bit strange because it will be the best part of five weeks since I have been on the bike and I'm sure we'll have a lot to do - especially as it will be my first time here on the Suzuki after three years on a twin. As always, may aim is to get a good race set-up as soon as I can and then try and really attack in Superpole.
“I am still haven't been on the front row grid this season and that's something I would dearly like to change this weekend. The series is so competitive and small fractions of a second sometimes separate the top fifteen, so it's important to do well in Superpole and then make good starts in the races. I'm hoping for my first front row of the grid and two good results on race day.”