Biaggi back on front row.

It didn't look possible for much of Superpole, but Max Biaggi wrung the neck of his Aprilia Racing RSV4 Factory to claim a front row start in both of Sunday's World Superbike races at Kyalami.

The Italian, who again recorded the top speed of the day at 251.8km/h at the high altitude South African circuit, squeezed through in each of the first two phases of knock-out qualifying, before capitalising on his final run of the final shoot-out to jump from seventh to third, displacing points leader Nori Haga in the process.

“It's good to be back on the front row again and I'm very excited for that," Biaggi admitted, "In the qualifying, we've been running comfortably at a good pace and, when we put soft rubber on, things were coming better, but we had to solve some real problems and that made the chattering high."

Biaggi's Superpole 2 graduation came at the expense of Aprilia team-mate Shinya Nakano, who found himself bumped to ninth place and the inside of row three by the Italian's equally late rise up the order, but both riders felt more at home on the RSV4 than during an earlier appearance at the African venue.

"For the race, we will do some little modifications, but the bike is working well compared to the winter tests, so hopefully, for tomorrow, we can continue this way,” a podium-chasing Biaggi concluded.

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Gary Rowan

May 16, 2009 9:04 PM

It was a great lap from Max, especially as he wasn't on a qualifying tyre either, having done his fastest lap on a soft race tyre. I still find it very funny that everyone had Nakano down to kick Max's **** this year! Ha, ha! Go Max!

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