Michel Fabrizio says he is “not fully satisfied” despite dominating the first day’s running of the 2013 Superbike World Championship. The Red Devils Roma rider topped first practice before doing the same in Qualifying Practice 1 but isn’t convinced he has a bike to stay in front over a race distance just yet.

“We are working very well. Yet I am not fully satisfied because in long distances the tyres 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.”

Team Manager Andrea Petricca was proud of the start his outfit made to the new season and hopes to build on this performance in Superpole tomorrow.

“We are very happy with the results that we are getting here in Australia. Finishing in the top ranking in free practice and qualifying is an outstanding achievement for a team like ours, that was born at the end of last championship when, together with GM Adriano Alessandrini and our technical manager, we chose the people with whom to carry out our ambitious project. If ever it were needed, Michel is proving to be one of the best riders in the Superbike and can aim for great goal. Moreover, the decision to switch to Aprilia is proving to be a great success. We must continue in this direction, always giving the best.”