Sterilgarda Ducati duo Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus have set themselves modest targets ahead of the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours after an unspectacular showing in qualifying.
Biaggi comes to the French circuit eyeing a sixth podium finish in six rounds, but has it all to do from eighth on the grid after struggling with the set-up on the 1098 RS.
Adding that the bike is at a disadvantage around certain parts of the circuit where acceleration out of the corners is key, the Italian admits he has a tough task ahead of him if he wants to be standing on the rostrum at the end of the race.
“I entered the Superpole without having tested the qualifying tyres because I preferred to spend all the qualifying sessions seeking for the best set-up for the race. It will be difficult to fight for the podium, on this track we suffer a gap of acceleration respect to the four-cylinders bikes.”
Xaus, meanwhile, will start 11th, behind the privateer Ducati of Lorenzo Lanzi, after admitting to being 'too nervous' on the bike heading into Superpole.
“I entered the Superpole too nervous, and I made some little mistake in the T1, then I got more feeling and I improved. In the free practice I was able to be forceful with worn-out tyres, so I think I will play my best game in the second half of the race.”