Max Biaggi heads to the penultimate round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship on the cusp of wrapping up the title on home soil at Imola.

The Italian heads to the event with a comfortable 58 point cushion over the only other rider capable of overhauling him, Leon Haslam.

With 100 points available with four races remaining, Biaggi merely needs to finish ahead of Haslam in both races to seal the crown, or at worst ensure the buffer between them stands at no less than 50 points at the end of the weekend.

Should Biaggi go on to secure the title this weekend, it will signal a series of landmarks for himself, his Aprilia team and also the World Superbike Championship as a whole.

Indeed, while he is considered one of the most successful riders of the modern motorcycling era, Biaggi has not won a world title since his 250cc win with Honda back in 1997.

Additionally, Aprilia would be winning its first manufacturers' world title in World Superbikes, becoming only the fifth company to do so in 22 years after Honda, Ducati, Suzuki and Yamaha. It would also be achieving it in only its second season with the RSV-4.

Perhaps the most surprising landmark Biaggi - who would become one of the series' older winners at 39-years-old - is set to reach is the fact he would become the first Italian winner of the World Superbike title. Indeed, only Americans, Britons, Australians and a single Frenchman has won the WSBK riders' title previously.


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