Max Biaggi brings home precious points for the World Superbike Championship


World Superbikes Max Biaggi is fourth in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2. two rounds from the end of the season his points advantage remains practically unchanged.

Aprilia still first in manufacturer rankings.

At the end of a bright and dark weekend, in any case brightened by yesterday’s fantastic, track record setting Superpole, Max Biaggi comes home from the Nurburgring solidly at the top of the world championship standings.

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Biaggi WSBK Champion

The four time world champion now has a 58 point advantage over his closest pursuer, Brit Leon Haslam (Suzuki).

From a championship point of view, the German round came down to the two riders, and by now the only riders – even according to the maths – competing for the title: in the first race Biaggi rode his Aprilia RSV4 to fourth place leaving Haslam behind (sixth) and thus earning three points.

In race 2 Haslam (third) made up five points on Max.

In race 1, which Rea (Honda) won, Max had some trouble at the start and then mounted a fantastic comeback which brought him to fourth place. In race 2 Max stayed among the front riders the entire way and, in spite of his fifth place finish, just barely missed a spot on the podium.

To summarise, these were two strong races which solidify both Max Biaggi’s top spot in the rider rankings (Biaggi 397, Haslam 339) and Aprilia’s lead in the manufacturer standings (Aprilia 409, Suzuki 360, Ducati 342).

The final result: the 60 point advantage Max had at the beginning of the weekend turned into 58 and this will be the advantage as we go into the last two rounds which will decide this fascinating World Superbike 2010 season.

“A shame – confesses Max Biaggi at the end of race 2 – We battled all weekend with grip and chattering problems. I know that I can be decisively faster. In fact, in Superpole with the soft tyre we were making excellent times.

But the important thing is to know how to deal with the difficulties. We took home some important points from a championship point of view and now there are just two more rounds and we’re out front.

The finish line is close, but we cannot make the mistake of underestimating our rivals who, even today, showed their determination to exploit every false move we make”

The Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team is back on the track for the first day of practice at the German Nurburgring circuit.

A good début for ranking leader Max Biaggi (first in the free practice round and sixth in qualifying practice) while team mate Leon Camier suffered a bad fall, fracturing his wrist.

World Superbike returns after the summer break on the Nurburgring track where Max Biaggi and the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team make no bones about their desire to solidify the respective leaderships out front of the riders for the four time world champion and the manufacturers for the Team.

The first day of practice is halfway happy for the red, white and green team: a decisive beginning for the Roman champion counter-balances the unfortunate crash of his team mate, Leon Camier. The Brit had a slide during the first timed session, suffering trauma to his knee and – worst of all – a fractured scaphoid, the wrist bone. At the moment his condition is being evaluated by the Mobile Clinic: the possibility that surgery may be needed is clear. Obviously this puts Camier at risk for the last part of the season.

In the morning free practice session Aprilia colours bearer Max Biaggi literally rocketed out with a time of 1’56.571. The timed session in the afternoon, on the other hand, ended with a sixth time for Max at 1’56.077, while Leon came in sixteenth before his fall.

Max Biaggi commented: “We’re having a bit of difficulty transferring power to the ground. We’re suffering particularly from vibrations. I’d say it’s nothing very surprising, but tomorrow we need to improve. We need to find the best possible setup. Today I also tried changing out bikes to evaluate the best different solutions and test the effects. Pirelli has provided a new tyre for everyone, but I didn’t use it very much. Apparently we’ll see an improvement with it, but I’ll have to test it more thoroughly tomorrow. In short, this was a busy Friday. Now we need to put all of this information together and make the choices which will let us close in on the leaders.”World Superbike returns.

The Aprilia Alitalia racing Team is back on the track at the historic German Nurburgring circuit with a double world leadership to defend.

After the customary summer break, the time has come for the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team to return to the track for the German round, the eleventh in this year’s World Superbike. With two leaderships to defend – both in the rider class with Max Biaggi and in the manufacturer class – and with three rounds left to race, an adrenaline filled season finale is in store for the red, white and green team.

The 2010 WSBK championship has held great satisfaction as well as high expectations for the Aprilia Alitalia team up to this point.
The team from Veneto has taken 9 wins, all achieved by four time World Champion Max Biaggi, and another 7 podiums, 3 of which are credited to Brit Leon Camier.

These extraordinary results – remember that the RSV4 is only in its second year of racing – translate into 373 points for Max Biaggi, 60 more than the second place holder, Leon Haslam on his Suzuki, while Aprilia is at the top of the manufacturer rankings with 385 points against Suzuki’s 334 and Ducati’s 297.

“I can’t wait to get back on the track! – confirms ranking leader Max Biaggi – The holidays are important and pleasant, of course, but the call of the race is always irresistible. We’ll be on the Nurburgring, a nice track, I’d say less disagreeable to our RSV4 than Silverstone, and the last leg of the season, the decisive leg, awaits us. Obviously I’m happy with what I’ve done so far, but you only count up the points at the end, so don’t talk to me about strange strategies or point calculations. We have two first places to defend and that is not a simple thing: you’ve seen how easy it is to lose points. Our opponents are ready to take advantage of every false move we make. There are still six races and that’s 150 points up for grabs, so mathematically anything is still possible. For the entire team this is the time to find maximum concentration again. Each race from here on out can be decisive.”

(Source: Aprilia)

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