On the weekend he makes his 100th World Superbike race start, Max Biaggi can take a defining step towards the 2010 title in what will be the back yard for many of his closest rivals.
Another celebratory landmark in a season of firsts for both Biaggi and the Aprilia Alitalia team, the Italian heads to Silverstone having stretched out a 68 point advantage over Leon Haslam in the overall standings.
Still, having established a remarkable run of form in recent rounds with seven wins in the last ten races, Biaggi's century coincides with the long awaited home event for seven of his rivals, including potential race win contenders Haslam, Jonathan Rea, Cal Crutchlow, James Toseland and Leon Camier.
Furthermore, Biaggi is concerned the bumpy nature of the circuit – as made apparent during recent MotoGP and Formula 1 events – may not suit the RSV-4, leaving him to keep one eye on the title and target a mere top four finish.
"To arrive at this stage of the season with a 68 point advantage over the nearest competitor is an astonishing result especially considering the fact that we are in our second year in the Championship with a completely new bike,” he said.
“Now that we are out front, we don't want to let the opportunity slip through our fingers. We are earning every single result, considering the great work the Team and I are doing. Silverstone is a track which is new to everyone. I think that right from the first practice laps we'll be able to get a fairly good idea of the quality on the pitch.
“Our biggest worry are the bumps since the RSV4 doesn't seem to digest them too well, but we also know how to operate. The races at Misano and the second race at Brno showed that our work pays of and the little problems are certainly not insurmountable obstacles. My goal is to be on top four."