Biaggi 'won't be at 100 per cent for Aragon'

The Italian hurt his ankle at Misano, but soldiered on to two second place finishes behind series leader Carlos Checa.
Max Biaggi admits he won't be racing at full strength when the seventh round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship gets underway at Motorland Aragon, but insists it won't hamper him in his quest to get back into the title fight.

Having been bruised in his collision with Jonathan Rea at Miller Motorsports Park, Biaggi went on to injure his ankle in an accident last time out at Misano. However, the Italian shrugged off his own pre-race predictions to challenge for victory in both races, eventually picking up a brace of second place finishes.

With just a week between Misano and the next round at Motorland Aragon, Biaggi accepts he won't be back to full fitness, but insists he cannot afford to let it hinder his chances of hunting down Carlos Checa in the overall standings.

"I certainly won't be at 100 per cent, but I would say that I managed quite well at Misano and I will certainly not pull back now,” he said. “I only hope that I can work with the team without too many problems and hindrances: if we want to keep the championship open we have no choice.

A new addition for World Superbikes, Motorland Aragon was nonetheless a popular testing venue for the teams during the off-season, with Biaggi confident the Aprilia will perform well there.

“I like the circuit,” he said. “From the first tests I saw that we can really make a difference here and I think that it is a track where the RSV-4 can also express itself well. If we are able to have some clear ideas when race time arrives then we will surely be able to make a play for it.”

Biaggi is second in the WSBK standings, 72 points behind Checa.

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The Mentalist - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 12:19 AM

I just love WSB this year, two former Grand Prix stallions at the front and a third one sure to snatch some wins from them to come. Checa should really win a first world title but Max has my blessing as well, be it only for missing out on a MotoGP world title after 4 straight world titles in 250 an an immediate arrival at the 500 front. After all what is Rome without an emperor?

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