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Fabrizio 8th Despite Flue at Miller WSB

Team Alstare Suzuki rider Michel Fabrizio fought off the effects of Flu to finish eighth on the first day of qualifying at the Miller Motorsport Park World Superbike fifth-round qualifying in Utah today.

The Italian arrived in America with a high fever, but improved the past two days and was able to get on the bike today. Despite suffering from low energy levels, Fabrizio toughed-it-out and finished first qualifying with the eighth-fastest lap time.

Carlos Checa (Ducati) was fastest at Miller, ending with a time of 1:48.260, nearly eight-tenths-of-a-second ahead of his nearest rival Leon Camier (Aprilia) with Max Biaggi (Aprilia) third and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) fourth.

Michel Fabrizio – 8th, 1:49.855:

“Before I left Europe, both my children had Flu or something like that and very kindly they passed it on to me! I felt very rough when I arrived in USA – my eyes were all bloodshot, my throat was sore and my nose was bunged up. My limbs felt all floppy and all I wanted to do was lie down and rest. But after some medication, I began to feel better and I was able to get on the bike without thinking too much about my condition. I managed some decent lap times and, all things considering, I am content with my position.

“The bike felt OK today and tomorrow we’ll just keep on trying to improve it. The track was a little dusty in some places today, but I’m not sure how it is going to be if tomorrow’s forecast is correct and it rains. I don’t think we’ve ever run round here in the wet, so if it does rain, it’s going to be a new experience for all of us. I hope it doesn’t rain and I also hope that my condition improves and feel a lot better tomorrow.”

Saturday qualifying: 1 Carlos Checa (ESP-Ducati) 1:48.260, 2 Leon Camier (GBR-Aprilia) 1:49.055, 3 Max Biaggi (ITA-Aprilia) 1:49.306, 4 Tome Sykes (GBR-Kawasaki) 1:49.432, 5 Troy Corser (AUS-BMW) 1:49.552, 6 Jonathan Rea (GBR-Honda) 1:49.621. 8 Michel Fabrizio (ITA-Alstare Suzuki) 1:49.855.

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