Biaggi closes on title for ApriliaMax Biaggi put himself in a good position to secure the 2010 World Superbike manufacturers' title for Aprilia at Magny-Cours after qualifying in fourth.

Having secured himself the riders' title at Imola a week ago, Biaggi is now concentrating on making it a clean sweep for his Aprilia team in France, a task made slightly trickier by the absence of team-mate Leon Camier.

Nonetheless, Aprilia's 41 point gap over Ducati means victory is almost a foregone conclusion, Biaggi needing to finish just seventh in one of the races to make sure the Italian company wins its first manufacturers' crown.

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"Compared to last weekend at Imola, things began decisively better here," he said. "We're fast, we are working well and if we can shave off just a little more I will have an excellent chance at staying up front and battling with the best riders.

"Unfortunately I'm still not at 100% physically. The races are long and they could prove to be tiring for me. I really want to give my best. After the rider championship it would only be right to close out the season earning the manufacturer title as well."