Max Biaggi has six races left in which to claim a debut race win for Sterilgarda Ducati - before, presumably, moving on to pastures new in 2009 - a goal he believes is achievable after taking his fourth podium in as many rounds at Donington Park on Sunday.
But it took a touch of controversy for the Roman to be credit with third position in ace one, since it came after team-mate Ruben Xaus was excluded from the aggregate results due to an accident on the same lap as the second red flag was shown.
The accident meant Xaus didn't return to the pits quickly enough and was therefore disqualified, leaving the angry Spaniard to be literally replaced on the podium by Biaggi.
"I had some problem in the first part because of a lack of rear grip," said Max. "I took advantage of the first stop in order to make a change which proved to be good [for the restart]. Since that I was able to be forceful and after all I took the third place."
Race two took place in fully wet conditions, in which Biaggi finished a satisfied sixth.
"In race two I performed very well despite the really hard condition of the track," commented Max, now joint sixth with Alstare Suzuki replacement Fonsi Nieto in the 2008 standings. "For the fourth time in a row I finished on the podium, race by race I increase the feeling with the motorbike and I hope to give a win to the team before the end of the season."
Round twelve of the 2008 World Superbike Championship will take place in front of Biaggi's home fans at Vallelunga.