Max Biaggi has played down the effect of his Aprilia's seemingly superior straight-line speed, maintaining the RSV-4's strength out of the bends was just as big a contribution to his superb double victory in Portugal.
While he didn't pose much of a threat during free practice, Biaggi hinted at his pace during Superpole by qualifying in second position, a grid slot he used to great effect in both races to lead into the first corner on each occasion.
Although Leon Haslam certainly made him work hard for victory, decisive passes during the latter stages of both races enabled him to take the chequered flag as the winner.
Of particular note, however, was Biaggi's strength down the lengthy Portimao home straight, the Italian completing the large majority of his overtaking even before the turn one braking zone.
Despite this, Biaggi maintains it was his strong exit speed out of the long right-hander leading onto the straight that was just as significant.
“We had good speed down the straight today, but if you saw how fast we could exit the last corner then you would know it was not just the engine. Our bike is fast but other bikes are also fast.”
The first time he has ever done the double on a WSBK race weekend, the wins haul Biaggi up to second position in the standings, the Italian immediately looking ahead to Valencia where he will attempt to bridge the 16 point gap to Haslam in the standings.
“It is great to get my first double win in World Superbike,” he said. “The feeling is great as it is the first double win of anybody this year, so I feel confident that we have a good rhythm. We go to Valencia next and we will ask very much of ourselves there as well.”
Biaggi's double is also a first for Aprilia in nine years when Troy Corser won both races at Valencia in 2001.