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Biaggi sets new speed standards at Monza

Aprilia and Yamaha are the fastest bikes on circuit, but Fabrizio is third on the timesheets despite being considerable down in speed
While Max Biaggi has been receiving plenty of press attention for breaking the speed record for a World Superbike, figures show he isn't the only rider to be setting new standards in Italy this weekend.

At 330kph, the Italian was the fastest rider in a straight-line during Superpole, helping him to secure a maiden WSBK pole position around the high-speed Monza circuit.

However, his advantage was relatively minor over some of his rivals, in particular team-mate Leon Camier and Yamaha's James Toseland, who have proven just 2kph slower this weekend.

Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow and Leon Haslam topped out at 326kph in the sessions leading up to Superpole, but would lose two and five kph during the crucial session.

Losing out on the straights, however, was Michel Fabrizio, who qualified third, despite only managing a best of 319kph during Superpole. His Ducati Xerox team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who starts 16th, topped out at 318kph.

Currently, the Ducatis appear to have a disadvantage through the speed traps but are able to make the difference through the bends, as shown by Fabrizio and also Luca Scassa, who qualified tenth despite only posting a 315kph top speed in Superpole – 9kph down on ninth place Max Neukirchner, but only two hundredths slower over a whole lap.

Best speeds for top ten starters at Monza

Biaggi Aprilia 330kph
Crutchlow Yamaha 326kph
Fabrizio Ducati 324kph
Rea Honda 325kph
Haslam Suzuki 326kph
Xaus BMW 323kph
Toseland Yamaha 328kph
Sykes Kawasaki 325kph
Neukirchner Honda 326kph
Scassa Ducati 318kph



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Let's not forget that the highest speed ever achieved by a MotoGP bike is 349kph! This astounding time was recorded bt Dani Pedrosa at Mugello aboard his 800cc Repsol Honda...This statistic is firmly entrenched in the record books and can be found by checking www.motogp.com. The Japs still hold the outright top speed record in the heady world of MotoGP. I'm convinced that the "land of the rising sun" will soon have an answer to Aprilia's speed advantage in WSBK & BMW's power when it comes to road bikes. Watch this space...

pp916 - Unregistered

May 09, 2010 2:13 PM

'unfair speed advantage thet had in 2007 Motogp'.....WTF are you talking about? Under rules that were the same for everyone they happened to build a bike that was faster in a straight line than the rest........so what's unfair about that? Monza is a pretty unique track, once they're back on tracks where top speed is less important the Ducati's will be back in contention, it just shows that the extra 200cc's gives them no overall advantage at all, in fact there might soon be a case made for removing the air restrictors if the 4 cylinder bikes start to gain an advantage in all areas.



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