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Biaggi on the limit in WSBK opener

Biaggi finishes fifth and eighth at Phillip Island after struggling with vibration issues throughout the weekend
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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DrifterJake

March 02, 2010 2:34 PM
Last Edited 309 days ago

Strange, I thought he did win last year! One of only 5 winners from a field of more than 2 dozen fulltime riders! With 42 points scoring riders he finished 4th. Just filling up spots in the field? Hardly!! :rolleyes:

Marc - Unregistered

March 02, 2010 2:54 PM

Biaggi is just being honest. It's early days and teams need to get settled. He has confidence in his team and his abilities so they'll be more competitive as the season continues. At least he didn't crash and did get some points. We'll see how well they do at the next few rounds.



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