Michel Fabrizio has vowed to bounce back at Imola after a race two crash at Phillip Island tempered an eye-catching ride to sixth place in the first World Superbike race in Australia.
Fabrizio, making his debut for the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet team, battled through from 15th position on lap one to draft past Honda's Jonathan Rea to snatch sixth place on the final lap on the blast to the line.
However, Fabrizio's race ended prematurely on the fourth lap in race two when he lost the front end of his BMW at turn four.
Nonetheless, he has quickly gelled with the S1000RR and is already itching to ride the bike again at Imola at the end of March.
“With the exception of the start I'm very happy about race one. On the other hand in race two after not starting well again, I lost the front at turn four. I don't know what caused the crash,” said Fabrizio.
“I took a slightly different line to usual, but the speed was the same. It's a shame, because I felt comfortable riding the bike as never before. That's racing. We'll bounce back at Imola.”
His team-mate, Ayrton Badovini, endured a tough weekend as he retired from both races much to the chagrin of team boss Serafino Foti, who said he was far from happy with the results, Fabrizio's sixth place finish aside.
“It's been a tough round and we're not happy with the results, apart from Michel's first race. If his start had been a better one, he would have had a higher finishing position,” said Foti.
“We have to work on that for the next event, as we cannot compromise the race in the early stages. Ayrton hasn't yet found the right set-up for the bike. We'll try to find the right solution for him so that he can get his competitiveness and motivation back. We will start afresh and do our best to overcome the difficulties that came out here in Australia, so that we're ready for next round at Imola.”
A crestfallen Badovini admitted: “It's been a hard weekend. I struggled riding the bike a lot. The goal is now to solve those problems in the break between now and Imola. The team worked hard to find a set-up that worked for me, but unfortunately we didn't get there in time.”