Carl Fogarty will be drawing on the experience of his four race wins at Monza when the famous Italian circuit stages round four of the World Superbike championship this weekend.

The Foggy Petronas Racing team owner was forced to miss the previous two rounds in Australia and Japan for family and personal reasons.

But the four-times World Superbike champion will be on hand in Milan to see riders James Haydon and Troy Corser in action, as well as to open the team's brand new hospitality unit. And the team boss can expect a warm welcome from the Italian fans who used to worship him when he rode for Ducati.

His focus this weekend, though, will be to help Troy and James get the most from the FP1 at the fastest circuit on the calendar, despite recent cosmetic changes.

"The new slow first chicane takes all the fun out of it and I didn't think the old lay-out was that bad," said Carl. "It was always important to have a very definite braking point approaching that chicane down the start-finish straight. But the added thing that you have to remember at Monza is that there might be three guys in front of you, in which case the slip-streaming might have added 10kmh to your speed.

"The corner after that chicane, the Curva Grande, was one of the my favourites in the world and one of the fastest as well," he added. "I was always very quick there, managing to keep the bike very flat and maintaining a lot of corner speed. By the time I got to the exit I was almost touching the limiter in fifth gear. This is where there is the famous massive wall around the side of the track and I know there are a few FPR fans making the trip from Burton, so I expect to see them there, cheering us on."

First qualifying takes place on Friday.