Max Biaggi was relieved to secure a row two start for the World Superbike races at Imola, though he admits he could have started higher had he taken more risks.

Biaggi played it cautious around the Italian circuit after rain arrived to shake up proceedings, the Italian working hard to keep his Aprilia pointing in the right direction as several of his other rivals experienced problems.

Making it into SP3, Biaggi went on to record seventh position on a grid, a result he was satisfied with as he looks to wrap up the WSBK crown this weekend.

"A complicated day, but in the end I found that I was quick enough to earn the second row, and probably risking a bit more I could have done even better. These were undoubtedly the wildest test sessions of the season due to the varying weather conditions, so I'd say that we did the right thing today.

"I was sure that I could do much better than yesterday even if, and we have always known this, on this track we have more than our share of difficulties. We still have a lot of work to do and not much time, so we need to try and put together the best possible package we have, although for dry conditions I already have a few things in mind. The wet asphalt is always am unknown factor, but especially here it is absolute torture.

"The two races tomorrow won't be easy for us. In the first laps everybody ahead of us will be very quick and the weather conditions will play an important role, but we're ready to grit our teeth and give 110 per cent to obtain the most. We'll draw up the sums at the end of the two races."


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