Max Biaggi says he has 'excused' World Superbike Championship director Paolo Ciabatti for the penalty that prevented him from claiming victory last time out at Monza.
The Italian, writing on his personal website ahead of this weekend's WSBK event at Miller Motorsports Park, was reacting to the somewhat unprecedented move by WSBK officials to publish an open letter to his fans, explaining the reasoning behind Biaggi's ride-through penalty.
The controversial decision, which came after Biaggi ran on at the first chicane – whilst leading by a healthy margin – and failed to return to the circuit within the designated area, drew criticism from Aprilia Alitalia technical director Gigi Dall'Igna at the time and sparked debate in the WSBK community.
However, Biaggi himself remained fairly quiet on the matter during Aprilia's post-Monza press release, while no mention of it was made in the team's official release for this weekend's round.
Nonetheless, Biaggi has since opened up about this incident, taking to his website to admit he was upset by what occurred, though he has says he has now 'excused' Ciabatti for the decisions taken on that day.
“Here I am again, I needed to cut off with the normal race routine for just a while. The beat of Monza has certainly had a bad influence on my moral. I have accepted the punishment that has been inflicted [on] me and I have excused the good [Paolo] Ciabatti for the taken decision.
Looking ahead to Miller Motorsports Park, Biaggi – a double winner there in 2010 – is playing down hopes of a repeat, though he says he would like to make amends for Monza.
“I have now turned the page and my thoughts and ambitions are turned toward Salt Lake City. The 2010 American races were very lucky for us, but this does not mean that we will be the team to beat there. Every single race has its own verdict and we should work very hard for regaining what has been somehow removed in Monza.”