Max Biaggi is playing down his advantage following Superpole for the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, despite claiming pole position by six tenths of a second.
The reigning champion has shown remarkable speed throughout the Monza weekend, repeatedly setting new benchmarks for the highest top speed achieved by a Superbike, Biaggi topping out at 334.8km/h in FP2.
Going almost 10km/h faster than second place man Eugene Laverty on their quickest laps during Superpole, Biaggi's effort of 1min 41.745 would also break his own Monza lap record by a good fourth tenths.
Nonetheless, Biaggi – who is bidding to close down the 43 point margin to Carlos Checa this weekend – is refusing to discount his rivals, particularly Yamaha and BMW, adding that the relentless speeds being achieved by the Aprilia RSV-4 is making his wary of tyre wear.
“A great day, without a doubt, but the problem is that we still haven't won anything. So we had better keep our feet on the ground.
“It's always nice to start from the front row and that rewards the work that we did yesterday and today, even making some sacrificing for pure performance. We found a good general balance and that is how we were able to put the qualifying tyre to good use.
“This is to the credit of all the guys on the team. We are an all Italian company - we have the three colours of the Italian flag on our bike and we cannot be indifferent about this race - it is an important weekend for us.
“We still have the problem of tyre wear which obviously suffer with these averages, and the races here are always extremely heated: Yamaha and BMW have always done well - just look at the last SBK rounds on this circuit - and they will be worthy adversaries. We have certainly prepared as best we can, but the races haven't been run yet.”