Biaggi delighted with Phillip Island podiums

Max Biaggi sends out a warning signal to rivals by proving competitive on a circuit he didn't expect to score good results on.
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."

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domesystem - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 4:19 PM

@sean I've never understood this complaint. The rsv4 is no prototype, it is a fully homogolated production based machine that has played strictly by the rules as set since day one. If the other oems don't like it they need to build a better bike. Bmw's done it, kawasaki's done it. Why can't honda, yamaha, and suzuki? Ducati's no right to complain with their history of lobbying in favorable rules for their refusal to evolve. The fans have no right to complain either as the rules put very similar machinery in your local dealer. Compare that to GPs for a second. How long have many of us wished for a street going rcv based v5 superbike? And when a similar engine layout finally DID appear it was a hideous 600 lb blob with an automatic transmission. No thanks. Id rather continue to root for aprilia as they force improvement across the superbike species

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