While he wasn't quickest over a full lap at any stage during the opening day of action for 2010 World Superbike curtain raiser in Australia, Max Biaggi did at least set new standards in a straight line.

Much has been made of the Aprilia RSV-4's impressive engine statistics, which went a long way to make up for the fact it wasn't quite so adept at negotiating corners at times in 2009.

However, when Biaggi blitzed across the Phillip Island speed trap clocking 318.9kph (198mph), he set a particularly impressive new standard for the Australian circuit.

Proving 3.7kph faster than any other rider, it still wasn't enough for him to beat Leon Haslam to the quickest lap time during opening free practice, while his effort of 313.4kph during provisional qualifying (fastest through the speed trap again) was only good enough for sixth.

To put into perspective, Shane Byrne was fourth fastest, but was travelling some 13.1kph slower than Biaggi at the fastest point on the circuit.

Still, should Biaggi find a happy medium between handling and power, then he is going to be a dangerous prospect during the races when he is likely to have the added benefit of a tow...


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