Biaggi expecting more to come from Aprilia

Max Biaggi is taking on the many positives from his first World Superbike weekend with the Aprilia team after their final results at Phillip Island didn't match their race pace.

On paper, a brace of finishes just outside the top ten – 11th, 12th, 15th and 15th – for the Italian team, hints at a tough weekend, but it was a few costly errors that prevented them from capitalising on their impressive performances in the race.

With Biaggi making the headlines in Superpole with a run to second place on the grid, the Italian was confident for the first race but was caught out heading into turn two by a 'nervous' RSV-4 and ran wide, dropping him down onto the edge of the top ten and eventually into 11th place.

A change of set-up for the second race, most notably softer tyres, would transform the bike in the early stages, Biaggi running inside the top three for the majority of the race and matching the pace of the leaders.

However, as Biaggi expected, his tyres would fade during the closing stages and he'd fall into the clutches of the pack directly behind. Falling to sixth at the start of the final lap, Biaggi's misery was compounded when he was forced to sit up in avoidance of two riders coming into contact ahead, sending him across the gravel and even into the barriers.

Getting going again to finish 15th and score a solitary point, Biaggi believes that he deserved more, but was also to console himself with the knowledge that Aprilia are matching their rivals already.

"I'm quite satisfied,” he said. “We had a good race, using a different, softer tyre, risking a lot and knowing that it would only last for half of the race. In fact, during the last ten laps, the tyres were worn out and I did everything I could to fight for a place atop the podium up until the very end.

“During the last lap, at the Siberia curve, the two who were in front of me made contact and they took some strange trajectories. I sped up so I wouldn't hit them, but I had to brake and I ended up in the gravel. There's not much space there and I stopped on the tire barrier. Fortunately I managed to keep the motorcycle running, re-enter and finish the race, taking home at least one point, even though I certainly deserved more.

“We still have some problems to resolve, but I don't exclude the possibility that it may occur quickly. I would like to see how the bike handles when it will be 100%, considering its potential, but I have a lot of faith in Aprilia technicians, and it was also for this reason that I decided to return here after so many years.”

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Gary Rowan

March 04, 2009 12:35 PM

Excellent ride from Max in race two, brilliant! Just a pity that he didn't get a better result but the potential is there. Good stuff. For the prick who though that Max had taken Spies out, were you watching the race?! Max was in front of Spies so how does that figure?! Max had to lift up to miss Haslam and then Spies had to do the same to miss Max and he unfortunately went off track. So why does Max have to apologise exactly? Also, why is Max always "making an excuse" for not doing well? Max simply explains the difficulties that he has experienced during a weekend. It is funny how everyone can moan and no-one says a word but as soon as Max says anything he is lambasted!

DT - Unregistered

March 03, 2009 10:43 AM

Wow - amazing potential and great start to the year! Shame the results dont reflect the great effort. The next races will see better results for sure! Well done to the team!

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