Having completed races in Europe and Africa recently, the Ducati Xerox World Superbike team, like the rest of the paddock, will be on the American continent this weekend for the seventh round of the championship.
Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio have had very different experiences at the Miller circuit in the recent past, with Fabrizio never off of the podium in America but Haga yet to find WSBK podium form in the circuit near Salt Lake City.
In the current World SBK championship rankings Haga is sixth (incidentally, his best individual race finish at Miller) and Fabrizio is eighth overall. Each rider has already won a race in 2010, Haga at Valencia at round three and Fabrizio at Kyalami in round six.
Haga has few reasons to remember Miller fondly, but has many reasons to find a rich seam of form at the midpoint of the season.
Nori Haga says: "I’ve had some bad luck at Salt Lake and so I can’t say it’s my favourite track," admitted Haga. "Two years ago I broke my collarbone and then I crashed again there last year, hurting my back which made the races difficult. I hope we can do better at Miller this season as we need to make up lost ground at this point."
Fabrizio is mystified as to why Miller is quite such a good track for him, but he is only concerned with heading back up the table in what is a tight championship fight in 2010.
Michel Fabrizio says: "I’m looking for a great weekend at Miller as I like the track and the American crowds and I’d love to be back on the podium there, maybe even on the top step this time!" said Fabrizio.
"I don’t know why but the track seems to suit my riding style and I’m really looking forward to going back there again. I’m in eighth position but with good points I hope to be able to catch the riders immediately ahead of me in the standings."