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Rider: Michel Fabrizio
Team: Team Grillini
Machine: Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO (#84)
Born: September 17, 1984 in Rome, Italy
Italian Michel Fabrizio had a pretty good rookie season in World Superbike, finishing 11th overall, providing a youthful balance on the 2006 D.F.X. team alongside Frankie Chili. With the popular Chili retired, Fabrizio partnered up with another veteran in Steve Martin. During his rookie year in WSB, the former MotoGP backpacker tallied perhaps the most unexpected double-podium of the season at Brno (the same crazy round which saw Yukio Kagayama’s double victory).
In 2007 Fabrizio was respectable aboard the D.F.X. Honda. Impressive enough to get tapped out by the factory Xerox Ducati squad for 2008. After a solid eighth-place finish in 2008, Fabrizio returned in 2009 with the Ducati Xerox team partnering with Noriyuki Haga after Troy Bayliss’ retirement.
Fabrizio garnered attention for his aggressive nature aboard the Ducati and for 15 podium victories, including two ahead of his teammate during the tight title chase of 2009.
In 2010 he secured another top-10 finish during a season which included one win at Kyalami and another five podium finishes, but ultimately his second year on the factory Ducati did not live up to the promise of his 2009 results.
The next year Fabrizio switched to Alstare Suzuki where he posted six top-five finishes and a podium at Monza. Finishing 12th overall in the championship, the Italian had a fairly mediocre season with Suzuki before signing with BMW Motorrad Italia for 2012.
Fabrizio’s struggles continued through 2012 on the Beemer and he only made it to the podium once the entire year. His second-place finish came at Silverstone in a rain-soaked battle that saw a number of riders crash out of competition. Among a string of DNFs, Fabrizio’s typical results were between sixth and 14th and he finished the season 11th overall.
Fabrizo made a strong debut with the Red Devils Roma team, pushing his RSV4 to third-place in the opening race of the season. It would prove to be the high-point of the year for the Italian, which was thereafter marked by a number of top-10 finishes until Round 11 at Intercity Istanbul Park.
Following Jonathan Rea’s season-ending crash at Nurburgring, Pata Honda tapped Fabrizio to step in as a replacement rider aboard the CBR1000RR. In his debut with the team in Istanbul Fabrizio finished 10-10. He struggled to acclimate to the new bike through the final three rounds of the year and was unable to compete at the level he’d achieved earlier in the season. Despite such difficulties Fabrizio finished seventh in the series, marking his second-best season ever in WorldSBK.
Fabrizio was picked up by Team Grillini for the 2014 World Superbike championship to ride in the newly created EVO class aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO-spec machine alongside new teammate Sheridan Morais.
2013 – 7th World Superbike – Aprilia/Honda
2012 – 11th World Superbike – BMW
2011 - 12th World Superbike – Suzuki
2010 - 8th World Superbike – Ducati
2009 - 3rd World Superbike – Ducati
2008 - 8th World Superbike – Ducati
2007 - 21st MotoGP – Honda
2007 - 11th World Superbike – Honda
2006 - 11th World Superbike – Honda
2005 - 5th World Supersport – Honda
2004 - 22nd MotoGP – Aprilia
2004 - 27th World Supersport – Honda
2003 - 1st FIM Superstock 1000 – Suzuki
2002 - 31st 125cc MotoGP – Gilera
2001 – 1st Sport Production (Italian Cup)
2001 - 1st Aprilia Challenge – Aprilia
2000 – 1st Italian Cup
2000 – 5th Aprilia Challange – Aprilia