Max Biaggi fears he is destined to struggle in the two World Superbike races at Silverstone after missing out on the top ten during Superpole.

The reigning champion, who has finished no lower than second in each of the last six races, has endured an uncharacteristically difficult weekend thus far and has barely featured inside the top ten.

Indeed, the Aprilia Alitalia rider found himself facing an early exit in Superpole after crashing in Q1, though he would fight back to crack SP2. However, once there, Biaggi couldn't improve beyond 11th place, leaving him outside the top ten for the first time in 17 rounds.

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As such, Biaggi is worried the problems will persist through the races, declaring that he expects them to be 'extremely difficult'.

"It started off badly straight away with the crash in Q1. The front end closed up on me and I still am not sure why, in a section of the track which is very bumpy. I restarted with the second bike using a qualifier tyre, but I wasn't able to get my time down enough. We've struggled the whole weekend and unfortunately it will be extremely difficult tomorrow as well".