Max Biaggi says Aprilia can look forward to another successful World Superbike season after breaking its 'hoodoo' around Phillip Island to claim a pair of podium finishes.
Having played down his chances prior to the race weekend, Biaggi defied his own predictions in both races as he trailed Carlos Checa to secure a haul of 40 points – a substantial improvement on the 19 he achieved around the same circuit twelve months ago.
Indeed, for Biaggi, the results are significant in that it puts the team on the 'right foot' from which to progress, particularly with circuits better suited to the Aprilia RSV-4 coming up on the calendar.
Also recording the fastest lap in both races, Biaggi expressed his thanks towards the team for its progress year-on-year.
"The results are truly beautiful, especially if we think about how we were last year and the year before,” he mused.
“It has been no secret that this track has always put us in a difficult place, but this time we worked hard to prepare as best as possible and I can truly say that we succeeded, also considering the fast lap that we earned in both races. I must thank my team for this, which was quick to analyse my observations.
“The two cylinders on this track still maintain a certain advantage, without taking anything away from the extraordinary performance by Carlos Checa. For the first race of the year, I'd say that we've gotten off on the right foot. Now we need to keep on working as we are accustomed to."