World Superbike, The Miller Motorsports Park GP

Aprilia Racing Press Release

Miller Motorsport Park (Utah – USA), May 30th 2011 – The first race at Miller was decidedly unfortunate for the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team: reigning World Champion Max Biaggi was taken off the scene right away because of a crash in the first lap after being touched by Irishman Jonathan Rea.

After extending a turn, his team mate Leon Camier fell back from the third place, he had earned with a brilliant start, to seventh place. The English rider’s valiant comeback took him to fourth place in the end, but it deprived him of a well deserved podium which was definitely within reach for him and his Aprilia RSV4.

But the potential of the two Aprilia standard bearers shone through intact in Race 2. Camier and Biaggi respectively took second and third place behind Spaniard Carlos Checa, winner of both races.

Leon Camier got a magnificent start at the beginning of Race 2, moving up from his eleventh place on the grid to second, right behind Checa, after just a few turns. Five-time World Champion Max Biaggi battled for space among the leaders and when he left the pack at his pipes he found a well-established situation ahead of him. The distances stabilised quickly and Checa, Camier and Biaggi crossed the finish line in that order.

Max Biaggi: “It’s a real shame about the first race. Unfortunately Rea touched me and I couldn’t avoid the crash. I have a few bruises that are bothering me, so now we’ll have to take a good look at things and hopefully there is nothing serious. In the second race I started off well, but in the first turn I wasn’t very aggressive. The others slipped by me and I had to make up some ground to get into third place. My compliments to Checa, who is truly unbeatable here, but I think we showed our presence as well. At Misano I’m sure we’ll be able to express our potential. The championship is certainly fare from over”.

Leon Camier: “That’s what we needed! A weekend that ends on the right note! I was quick in Race 1 and I would surely have battled for a rostrum. It’s too bad that a problem engaging the gears made me lose some precious seconds, and I had to settle for fourth place. In Race 2 I got off to a good start, behind Checa straight away, and I kept up a good pace although it was impossible to catch him up. I have to thank the guys on the Team and Aprilia, they also deserve credit for these results. Now we need to look forward. The goal is to keep going in this direction”.

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