Max Biaggi has reiterated his claims that he will not 'track numbers' after qualifying on pole position for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship in Germany.
A second pole position of the season for the runaway championship leader, the Italian admitted his run to pole position at the Nurburgring – with a lap record-breaking 1min 54.595secs – was somewhat 'unexpected' following an eventful weekend that included a high-speed crash in practice.
Nonetheless, Biaggi was satisfied enough with the changes made to his RSV-4 to edge out Carlos Checa and put him in the best position to all but ensure himself the title in the two races.
Indeed, having exclaimed pre-race that he won't back off in an effort to consolidate his advantage, Biaggi repeated his desire to get the best result he can.
"Our goal was to stay on the front line,” he said. Starting from the pole is a nice change, maybe even a bit unexpected. In fact, to be quite honest, after a few problems in the previous laps, I didn't think that I was that fast. But I found the right grip and traction conditions and I managed not to let the opportunity get away from me. My compliments also go to the team which evidently made the right choices.
“Now we need to maintain focus and avoid any distractions which our rivals may be able to exploit. Tomorrow will be an entirely new day. The two races will be anything but simple with the twin-cylinders which do very well here, favoured by the many mixed-slow sections and with weather conditions which can have quite a bit of influence on track grip.
“As always I'll be looking for the best position and the best results possible. It isn't my style to keep track of numbers, nor do I aspire to do so.”