Michel Fabrizip is hoping he can rediscover his form on the Suzuki Alstare in time for the final World Superbike Championship round after failing to score in five of the last six races.
The Italian has endured a torrid time in recent events, failing to score at the Nurburgring or Imola, while two crashes at Magny-Cours saw him come away with a mere 12th place finish.
It means Fabrizio has slipped from the battle to finish the year in the top five and is now clinging onto tenth position in the standings. Nonetheless, Fabrizio has high hopes for Portimao, where he was a winner in 2009.
"Portimao is a very challenging circuit. It is very technical and there are many changes of elevation and a variety of fast and slow corners. Like most circuits, it is one that requires a good bike set-up. Shaving off those last fractions of a second is difficult and so it is so important to get comfortable with the bike as soon as you can, make a good Superpole; and give yourself a chance.
"The year started quite well and we could see that the bike was competitive. Monza was a great result and we thought that we could build on that and get more podiums. The next three rounds saw three DNFs, but we got a pair of fourths in Brno and felt that the podium was not so far away again.
“Since Brno though, things have not worked out well for us and I have had six no-scores and that is not good enough by any means. I have won in Portimao before - in 2009 - and so I am no stranger to the podium there. I would like to forget my recent poor form and finish the season with a pair of good results this coming weekend and end the season on a high: That's what I'll be aiming for."
Suzuki is currently tied for points with Honda in the manufacturers' standings as they look to avoid the 'wooden spoon', though the manufacturer will be boosted by the wild-card entry of Yoshimura Suzuki and Josh Waters.