Max Biaggi has 'complimented' Carlos Checa for his dominant double victory at Miller Motorsports Park after a weekend in which the Italian was unable to get on terms with his World Superbike title rival.
The Italian endured a trying race day at the American venue, colliding with Rea in the opening race [see separate story], to suffer his first crash-related DNF since Portimao in 2008 when he tangled with Michel Fabrizio.
Though he would bounce back to finish in third position during the second race, Biaggi admits he had no answer to the sheer speed of Checa and was merely satisfied to 'show his presence' with a podium result.
"It's a real shame about the first race,” the Aprilia Alitalia rider said. “Unfortunately Rea touched me and I couldn't avoid the crash. I have a few bruises that are bothering me, so now we'll have to take a good look at things and hopefully there is nothing serious.
“In the second race I started off well, but in the first turn I wasn't very aggressive. The others slipped by me and I had to make up some ground to get into third place. My compliments to Checa, who is truly unbeatable here, but I think we showed our presence as well. At Misano I'm sure we'll be able to express our potential. The championship is certainly far from over.”
Biaggi, who remains win-less in 2011, is 62 points behind Checa in the overall standings and one point behind Marco Melandri in second position.