Max Biaggi says an 'error in judgement' was down to his failure to make Superpole at Portimao, the reigning champion now forced to start the final round of the 2011 World Superbike season from 17th on the grid.
The Italian is making his return to WSBK competition after three rounds out with injury, but while he showed few ill-effects of the ailment by completing more laps than all but one rider during Q1 and Q2, Biaggi did not make it into the top 16 after Q2.
Blaming an 'error in judgement', though the actual reasons for this were not disclosed, Biaggi was in the pit lane in the closing stages as others improved around him.
As such, Biaggi is playing down his hopes for the races, hinting that his 'lack of feeling' on the Aprilia RSV-4 will make it difficult to improve regardless.
“Being left out of Superpole was the most disappointing thing of the weekend, because even though I had some difficulties in all of the sessions, I would have had a decent chance at a good starting position. Unfortunately an error in judgement means that I'm forced to start towards the back of the grid, just one more difficulty for the two races tomorrow.
“Rather than a set-up problem, it is more a lack of feeling after being out for three rounds, while the others kept racing and improving over the past 40 days. I've paid for my injury. Now I'll take this race as more practice, trying to bring home as much as possible.”