Max Biaggi says there is a 'big question-mark' as to whether he will be in a position to challenge for race honours at this weekend's 2011 World Superbike opener at Phillip Island – but maintains the circuit, not the bike, is the issue.
The Italian heads into the 2011 curtain raiser eager to get the defence of his WSBK crown off to a strong start, but having completed two days of testing around the Australian venue, he reveals that he doesn't expect to be the man to beat.
Suggesting the Aprilia RSV-4 isn't well suited to the sweeping Phillip Island circuit, Biaggi claims he will merely 'try to get a good result' before making his true potential known during the second round at Donington Park.
“I feel very good of course to start in the best way possible,” he said. “I feel good with the bike and the team, we have all the same equipment and the bike gets a little better, but there's going to be a big question-mark for this weekend.
“I'll try to be there. This track looks like it doesn't suit the Aprilia like the other tracks but we will try to get a good result and the best points possible. Testing was OK and I'm quite optimistic to get a good result on Sunday.”
Biaggi finished fifth and eighth during the two races at Phillip Island in 2010, his poorest results until the penultimate round at Imola.