Biaggi rues luck after injury forces withdrawal

Max Biaggi is now almost a full 100 points behind Carlos Checa with three rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship remaining.
Max Biaggi's hopes of retaining his World Superbike Championship crown looks to be in tatters after he was forced to miss his first event in 19 years because of injury.

The Aprilia Alitalia rider had alluded to problems with his foot after being struck by debris during Friday's practice sessions, though he was still able to claim third position on the grid for the two races.

However, subsequent x-rays would reveal a fracture to the metatarsal, while an increase in swelling overnight would prevent Biaggi from even getting his boot on. Though he experimented with a larger boot, the increasing pain would eventually force him to concede defeat.

Skipping a round for the first time since 1992, Biaggi was disappointed with the outcome, but satisfied that it was nothing more than a freak accident.

“I think it must be a Guinness world record to break a foot so badly without crashing! I tried everything I could to get onto the track, but it was impossible to race under these conditions. The pain was just too severe. I am very disappointed.

“This is the first race that I've missed in 19 years of my career. Unfortunately we don't have any control over hard luck, which I hope has been satisfied with this weekend because I would really like to finish out the season well.”

Biaggi's misfortune means he is now 95 points behind Carlos Checa in the overall standings with six races to go and a maximum of 150 points still available.

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Macca - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:21 PM

The 2 races Max were poorer without your presence this season has demonstrated that the package and the way Carlos has been riding has been unbeatable a bit like you in 2010. Whats quite worrying is that this year has been disappointing (it shouldnt of been) with so few many teams falling short of the initial pre season hype etc eg Jonny Rea Leon Haslam and Leon Camier lets hope the fotunes of the teams riders and the series in general recover next year. It doesnt look promising but the positive from my point of view is that Max will be back next year with Aprilia. Fingers crossed.


September 06, 2011 5:33 AM

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