It was already the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship last weekend on the fast Miller Motorsports Park track (Salt Lake City, USA).
After the fine podium at Monza three weeks ago, Michel Fabrizio, the Italian rider of team Suzuki Alstare, for which Motul is a technical partner, was really motivated to confirm his improved performances on the GSX-T 1000 which he is getting to know better and better.
The special climate of this valley in the heart of the Utah mountains unfortunately dampened his enthusiasm. With a qualifying day in the rain, Michel, who had very little experience on his bike in these conditions, didn't do better than fourth row of the grid.
The Italian rider was forced to launch a really strong attack on each of his races on a dry track, which brought emotions galore once more!
During race 1, he was violently hit by Ruben Xaus on the 3rd lap.
Defying the pain caused by his serious fall, Michel entered race 2... without having taken any painkillers!
A courageous decision, but which paid off since his fierce determination allowed him to climb to 5th place this time.
1// Carlos Checa (Ducati – 195 pts)
2// Marco Melandri (Yamaha – 134 pts)
3// Max Biaggi (Aprilia – 133 pts)
8// Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki – 84 pts) - Motul
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