Despite falling four tenths short of Carlos Checa's pole position at Miller Motorsports Park, Max Biaggi has reason to feel confident after once again showing the raw pace of his Aprilia.
The Italian hinted at his speed during the knockout phases as he set a new lap record during SP2, but had no answer to Checa's effort when it mattered.
What was evident from the final results, however, was Biaggi's sheer advantage over Checa in a straight line, the Aprilia touching 311kph, while the Althea Ducati could only manage 293.6kph.
With this in mind, Biaggi is hoping he can tweak the set-up of his RSV-4 to harness that power and hold sway through the bends.
“I think we have been in a good pace since day one and we have found a way to work better with one bike than the other, in chassis and set-up of the suspension.
"We have found a good way in Superpole and we will start from the front row, which is important.”