Max Biaggi insists he will move on from the decision taken by race officials to hand him a drive-through penalty during the second World Superbike race at Monza, one that cost him an almost certain victory.
Having lost out to Eugene Laverty in the first race, Biaggi responded convincingly in race two as he sprinted out into a five second lead over the opening ten laps.
However, an error into the first turn forced Biaggi to straight line the chicane, an error he would pay for when officials handed down a drive-through penalty. Contrary to earlier speculation, Biaggi was not penalised for gaining time, but for crossing a white lane that ensures riders return to the circuit safely.
Avoiding a repeat of his Donington Park exclusion, Biaggi duly served the penalty, dropping him to 11th, though he would fight back to eighth by the chequered flag.
"At the moment I am feeling only great disappointment, for me and for the entire team,” he said. “We prepared to the best of our ability and I think we showed that on the track. I have to accept this severe decision, blaming myself for not having been shrewd enough not to have touched that line. Now we have to regroup and focus on the next races. There is still a long season ahead.”
However, while Biaggi accepted his fault in the error, his Aprilia Alitalia manager Gig Dall'Igna was rather more disillusioned by the decision, arguing that he gained no advantage.
"The judging officials are there to take decisions. It's our job to respect them and so we must accept the penalty which the judges enforced. However, we cannot keep quiet about the fact that, from a strictly sporting point of view, Max drew no time advantage from cutting the turn.
“A problem which forced Max to avoid crashing and return to the track at 330 km/h: a very difficult condition also in trying to avoid a stripe painted on the track. Our disappointment is made even more bitter in consideration of the work that the entire team did in order to perform as best as possible for this round.
“Now we'll continue to work hard as we have always done, in order to keep this championship open until the end.”