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Biaggi suffers foot injury after podium finish

Mixed fortunes for Max Biaggi has seen him come away from the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park with a season's best result of second – as well as a hairline crack in his foot…

Biaggi proved his single lap performance during Superpole was no fluke as he provided Ben Spies with his sternest competition during the opening race.

The Italian kept the Yamaha rider honest from start to finish and while an electrical gremlin almost prevented him from reaching the finish line on the final lap, Biaggi was thrilled to record his best result yet with the Aprilia team.

“I am very happy with this result after a very hard decision we made in free practice and qualifying,” he said. “Yesterday we found a way to go fast and we made the right choice in tyres and the balance was correct.

“In the warm-up we had some problems but for the race we fixed most of them. Just on the last lap at the last chicane we had some trouble, I don't know what, the bike just stopped and then went back again in the last few metres before the flag. I think I deserved second!”

However, Biaggi's hopes of ending his weekend on a high ended on lap four of the second race when he fell at the Melbourne Hairpin. Picking himself up, Biaggi went on to clash with another rider as he got going and while he remained upright, x-rays later after the race would reveal he had suffered a hairline crack in his right foot.

With three weeks now until the next round at Brno, Biaggi is expected to be fit for the next race nonetheless.



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mm - Unregistered

July 05, 2009 2:59 AM

Aprilia have done a great job achieving this level of competitiveness in the first season. Should be a real championship contender next year.

Gary Rowan

June 29, 2009 12:48 PM
Last Edited 2008 days ago

Stunning race by Max in race one and he was the only rider capable of staying with the stunning Spies. So glad that he made it to the finish as he would have been robbed big time if he hadn't. A pity that he crashed out of race two as another certain 2nd place was on the cards and would have closed in on Rea for 4th in the championship but instead he has dropped to 6th! A pity. Hope Max fully recovers for Brno and finally gets that mainden win for Aprilia! Go Max! Your fans will be with you forever. P.S. It was great to hear the fans cheering you for once, instead of just slagging you off all the time!



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