Michel Fabrizio says he requires only 'small changes' to go even faster at Phillip Island after causing a stir by dominating the opening day of World Superbike track action for 2013 curtain raiser.
The most experienced rider in the field, Fabrizio is embarking on his eighth consecutive WSBK season in 2013 after making the switch to the satellite Red Devils Roma Aprilia team, itself switching from the Ducati twin to RSV4 machinery.
Despite his privateer status, Fabrizio comes into the weekend having established himself as amongst the pace setters in pre-season testing, a run of form he went on to reinforce by going quickest in both FP1 and Q1 around the Australian circuit.
Though his fastest lap time of the day would come in FP1, Fabrizio is confident it will only take a few minor changes to put him in a strong position for the races.
“We are working very well. Yet I am not fully satisfied because in long distances the tires do not ensure the right grip we are looking for. We are still missing five more laps and if tomorrow we can find the right setting then we will be ready for the races. In the afternoon the weather conditions were more difficult than in the morning, because I can feel the changes in wind direction.
“Also on Monday during the practices a seagull hit my arm it's still very painful. I can say, however, that I am satisfied and tomorrow we planned to make some small changes that should allow us to improve further. I would like to thank the team which has done a great job.”
Fabrizio is a four-time race winner at WSBK level, though his last victory came in 2010 at Kyalami.