Max Biaggi insists he will race at Misano, despite suffering an ankle fracture in an accident during second free practice ahead of Superpole.
The World Superbike title contender crashed his Aprilia at turn thirteen, heavily damaging the bike and necessitating a visit to the medical centre, where he was revealed to have a small fracture in the cartilage of the astragalus (talus bone).
Despite this, Biaggi participated in Superpole and reached SP3, despite a blowing an engine on the RSV-4 towards the end of SP1. Once there, Biaggi qualified in a fine seventh place, though the Italian admits the pain in his ankle makes it difficult to predict how he will fare over a race distance.
"The pain in my leg is very bad now,” he said. “Let's hope for the best, but unfortunately experience doesn't promise anything good.
“There isn't very much to say about the day: an engine up in smoke, the other bike just crashed, but above all this pain and the condition of my leg which keeps us from even making a prediction for tomorrow. The only prediction is my maximum effort, which was never lacking, and which will be no less in these difficult conditions.”
A difficult day all round for Aprilia, Biaggi's team-mate Leon Camier crashed twice during SP1 without setting a lap time, an occurrence he is struggling to explain.
"It's incredible! “What happened is simply incredible. I wasn't pushing during either one of the crashes. I can't believe that I fell twice that way. I can only hope that nothing like that ever happens to me again.”