He may be standing on the cusp of the 2010 World Superbike title, but Max Biaggi
insists he will remain focused on the immediate job in hand at Imola.
Biaggi heads to the Italian event as the firm favourite to wrap up the title one round early, the Aprilia rider consolidating a 58 point lead with only 100 points available.
As such, Biaggi merely needs to ensure he keeps sole rival Leon Haslam behind him in both races, or ensure he has a 50 point buffer to the Briton at the end of the weekend, to be crowned champion.
Despite this, Biaggi – who would become the first Italian to win the World Superbike Championship - is concentrating solely on the races in hand on home soil.
“As I already said, at Imola I will be a reckless book keeper,” he joked. “I'll battle without ever holding back but, at the same time, always bearing in mind the rankings situation and the importance of every single point. Experience teaches me that, to win the World Championship, I need to be constantly focused, never leaving anything to chance.
“This is why, even more than the other weekends, it will be so important to find the best set-up right from the first practice. Imola is a track with a few too many bumps, so we'll have to work hard to stay in the positions that count."
If Biaggi wins the title, it will be the 37-year-old's first world championship triumph since 1997.