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Aprilia's Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty hampered by problems

'I'm very disappointed because we will start the races from 11th on the grid. The team will investigate the problem and hopefully we can find the solution' - Eugene Laverty
Aprilia Racing duo Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty were both hindered by problems with their RSV4 machines during final qualifying at Imola today.

Laverty in particular struggled to overcome a frustrating vibration issue on his Aprilia and will start from the third row in 11th position, with championship leader Biaggi on row two.

Northern Irishman Laverty, who failed to make it into the final Superpole 3 session, said: “We made good progress with our setting today and I felt content after final free practice. Unfortunately we encountered a major issue with chatter in Superpole that stopped me from lapping quickly.

“I'm very disappointed because we will start the races from 11th on the grid. The team will investigate the problem and hopefully we can find the solution before the races tomorrow.”

Biaggi experienced tyre problems and describes his task tomorrow as an 'uphill battle' due to his second row starting position in fifth.

“We had a few problems in Superpole and it's a shame because the front row was within reach for us. We took more laps than expected and that also caused a few fuel problems for me in the last session,” said Biaggi.

“The work we've done over the past couple days is still valid and that gives us a positive outlook for the two races tomorrow. It certainly won't be a walk in the park, to the contrary - starting from the second row means that it will be an uphill Sunday for us.”




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Mikey - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 12:58 AM

Sabotage what utter ball crap some people talk. If you guys read more often you would of know Nakano was pretty much a development rider to aid Biaggi in making the bike as fast as possible also Nakano was hindered with may injuries and retired at the end of the season so his chances of win were never really possible. That's that cleared up. Camier was never comfortable on the bike only a few stand out rides in his 2 years on the bike. He may of complained about Biaggi but never remember hearing him say he was be given 2nd rate parts hes not one to settle for 2nd rate he sure would of said something don't you anyway it most defiantly would of been big news among the sbk paddock if it was true. As for Laverty there's nothing to say he's been injured and hasn't shown his race potential yet but I sure think he is aprilia's future he's young and very fast and has 250 experience he's style suits the bike very well and he looks happy with the bike. Good luck to both of them.

darren - Unregistered

March 31, 2012 11:13 PM

lets hope max sorts the problem out, what sabotage. did aprilia make laverty crash in oz as well, get a grip dipstick. lavertys problem is, is his teamate is far better and easily faster



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