Michel's first Superbike podiums at this track were attained just last year when he picked up a solid second and third place finish on his 1198. "Last year I had to battle hard against Spies and Laconi for the podium places but we were happy with the results, especially as my previous performances here were far from great! We made a strong start at Phillip Island a few weeks ago but then Portimao didn't go according to plan and I didn't make the points that I'd hoped to. Having said that, we're still near the beginning of a long season and Valencia is one of the tracks where I was on the podium twice last year so I'm confident that we'll be back on top in Spain."
Noriyuki did the double on his Ducati 1198 at the Spanish track last year and has also won races in 2008, 2004 and 2000, success that he hopes can be repeated again this year. "I had a great weekend at Valencia last year and scored the perfect results, it was my first double win at this track and of course I'd love to do that again this season! We need to make up ground that we lost at Portimao so from Valencia onwards we'll be back on track and aiming for race wins! I'm confident that me and my technicians will come up with a good race set-up that will allow me to fight at the front."