Max Biaggi is refusing to be 'disheartened or discouraged' by his performance during the opening round of the World Superbike Championship despite being unable to launch an expected challenge for victory.

Following Aprilia's remarkable debut showing at Phillip Island last season, when Biaggi qualified second and disputed the podium, the team had hoped for a similar performance this time around.

However, Biaggi was left frustrated after qualifying, claiming the vibration issues that afflicted the bike at times in 2009 had returned, thus making it difficult for him to utilise the RSV-4's full potential.

Indeed, Biaggi was disappointed with his eventual fifth and eighth place finishes, claiming he was pushing at his limit the whole time. Even so, he expects things to be different when the series resumes in Europe later this month.

"It didn't go very well," he said. "In race two, I went straight for the little curve, where [Leon] Camier went off the track twice, because I was at my limit, and in these situations, a mistake is right around the bend.

"There's still a lot of work to be done, but I'm not going away disheartened or discouraged because we are aware of our own potential and we know we can surely do better when once we have eliminated these problems."


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