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Biaggi seals manufacturer crown for Aprilia

The Italian celebrates what became a clear 75 point margin over runner-up Leon Haslam with a season finale victory.
In the year he became a World Superbike Champion for the first time, Max Biaggi ended a triumphant 2010 campaign in style with a fitting tenth victory at Magny-Cours.

Something of a surprise win for the 'Roman Emperor' having been forced to contend with a cold for much of the weekend, Biaggi was made to work hard throughout the day as he fended off his rivals in a bruising race one encounter.

Culminating in a last corner fracas between himself and Leon Haslam, one that saw him bouncing over the kerbs, Biaggi's fourth was still enough for Aprilia to seal the 2010 manufacturers' title.

Racing for himself in race two, Biaggi battled his way to the front on lap nine but would be pushed hard over the second-half by a charging Crutchlow, who made numerous attempts to get past.

Nonetheless, Biaggi held firm to hold onto victory by less than a tenth, the Italian admitting he was relieved to see the chequered flag.

"Race 2 was really hard,” said Biaggi, whose winning margin of 75 points over Haslam is the seventh largest in WSBK history. “We were a lot stronger than in the first race and yet the competition was always right their snapping at our heels.

“My cold didn't let up at all and after the halfway point of the race I was struggling to breathe and sincerely couldn't wait to get to the last lap. It's nice to end this season with a win after the first place in the rider and manufacturer standings: the celebration was for me at Imola, but today it's my team's turn.

“They have worked hard and they deserve this success from the mechanics to the engineers from Noale who follow me track after track."

Biaggi did not make a comment on the post-race confrontation between himself and Crutchlow after the champion took exception to being sprayed with champagne on the podium.



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farq

October 03, 2010 10:05 PM
Last Edited 1546 days ago

Crutchlow's lack of respect for Biaggi in those interviews was just silly..Yes Max can be a douche sometimes but he's still a hell of a rider and this years champ ffs and cheating or not he still had to ride the damn bike. Cal should forget about those priller gear driven cams and stay on the bike for the whole season next time out.

grantrd

October 03, 2010 9:56 PM

Crutchlow is a w@nker..he has been saying stuff about max all weekend saying he's this and that, but when he gets beaten he just whinges, then sprays champagne straight in max's eye to get a reaction and when the reaction comes everyone makes max out to be the bad one??!?!?! if you poke a dog with a stick and it then bites you, then don't be upset with the dog.... his ambition exceeds his ability....enjoy your 1 maybe 2 seasons in motogp bud see you back n BSB in 4 years time.........



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