After tests during the inter-season period, Michel Fabrizio, the new Suzuki Alstare Team rider, participated last weekend in his first race in the Suzuki team of which Motul is a partner.
Still in the learning phase as regards his GSX-R 1000, the Italian rider nevertheless demonstrated on the 4.445 Phillip Island circuit that he was a tough customer for his fellow contenders this season.
For a long time in the lead in race 1, Fabrizio unfortunately had to relinquish his hopes of mounting the podium following tyre problems.
All in all, his 6th (race 1) and 8th (race 2) positions placed him 6th in the World Superbike overall standings on the eve of the first round of the 2011 season.
Rider of the Joe Rocket Team and participating in the Australian Superbike Championship, Josh Waters was also on the starting grid of the event thanks to Team Yoshimura Suzuki's wildcard*. At age 24, Josh clinched 18th (race 1) and 13th place (race 2).
*: Specific term designating an invitation granted to a rider to participate in a prestigious event.
Photo : Michel Fabrizio - Team Suzuki Alstare © www.suzuki-racing.com