Max Biaggi says he can be satisfied with his run to fourth position in race two at Silverstone, a reward for his efforts on an otherwise difficult World Superbike weekend.
Biaggi had been feeling somewhat negative after qualifying down in 11th during Superpole, the Italian proceeding to struggle during the opening race as he tussled with some unfamiliar company in the mid-field.
However, the reigning champion would later reveal a bent brake lever, which forced him to take his hands off the handlebar to brake, was the reason for his uncharacteristically untidy performance, Biaggi forced to settle for 11th at the chequered flag.
With the Aprilia fixed for race two, Biaggi proved far more competitive, dicing with Marco Melandri over what would become third for several laps. Though he wouldn't get the edge on his countryman, Biaggi was pleased to score good points in fourth, particularly with Carlos Checa winning both races.
“Analysing the weekend and the first race, I can say that I'm satisfied with the fourth place in race two. It's a shame I had to start from the back. I stressed the tyres in order to catch up with the leading pack and that prevented me from being incisive at the end even though I really gave it my all, so much that I was able to get in front of my team mate who is quite fast here.
“Even in race one I could have done better, but with the bent brake lever and the technical problem with the clutch I had little choice but to grit my teeth and pick up as many points as I could.”
Having gotten Checa's lead down to 30 points heading to Silverstone, Biaggi has now fallen 62 points adrift of the Spaniard.