Max Biaggi says he achieved his 'maximum' with a pair of second place finishes at Assen, even if he feels the tyre choice and a technical problem prevented him from holding Carlos Checa at bay in race two.
Biaggi bounced back from a modest sixth place starting position to propel himself into the lead group from the start of both races, the Italian holding station behind Jonathan Rea in race one before being beaten to victory by Checa in race two.
However, Biaggi missed a prime opportunity to score his first win of the season when he benefitted from Checa's mistake three laps from the finish to take the lead, the Spaniard fighting back with a bold passing manoeuvre heading into the final revolution.
Though disappointed to fall a lap short of the win, Biaggi maintains he was on less favourable tyres than Checa and had been battling a technical issue towards the end of the race.
“We reaped the maximum, especially considering what we went through on Saturday,” he said, referring to the crash he suffered in FP2. “Unfortunately we had to make a forced choice of tyres with our RSV4. I would not have been able to use the softer tyres that Checa chose. When I overtook him in race two I pushed to the limit, but I just didn't have the grip to hold onto first place.
“The advantage of the two-cylinders in being able to use softer tyres is important on a track like this one, besides the fact that I had a technical problem for the last five or six laps in race two.
“In any case I have to thank my Team. After the crash and at the end of Race 1 the work they did allowed me to use the first bike which I liked a lot better. I'm happy with second place.”
Back up to second position in the overall standings, Biaggi is nonetheless 43 points adrift of Checa with his home round of Monza coming up next.
“We still need to make up a lot of points, but we won't let up. Monza could be an important race from this point of view.”