Biaggi sets new speed standard in Australia

Max Biaggi sets a new standard for Superbikes at Phillip Island by crossing the speed trap at 318.9kph, almost 200mph
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…

Tagged as: Aprilia , Byrne , engine , Max Biaggi , RSV-4 , speed

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gaz - Unregistered

February 26, 2010 3:32 PM

@ Mick Getting really fed up of people thinking that the RSV4 is a GP bike? WTF? Since when can you buy a GP bike from your local dealer? Hhhmm? Jeez, the road bike has less bhp than the new S1000RR BMW, so is the BMW a GP bike? THE RSV4 is a production bike, it is HOMOLOGATED! Mike, you clearly know nothing about bikes along with all the other numpties who think that the RSV4 is a GP bike! Get your coats and go home!

Aprilia deserves nothing but praise for their achievements with a bike fresh off the drawing board. Not only did they created one of the best looking bikes in history (even better looking than the GP bikes), they built a true performer. Remember that on the later half of last year they kept improving until the last race. Give them time they are APRILIA not Petronas. Ignore the idiots who just happened to get into racing yesterday.

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