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Biaggi feels opportunities missed at Monza

Max Biaggi puts an extra point onto his slim World Superbike Championship lead after a chaotic day at Monza.
Max Biaggi admits the truncated race day at Monza prevented him from putting distance between himself and Carlos Checa in the World Superbike Championship standings.

The Italian was expected to go well around his home circuit, particularly compared with key title rival Checa, who was otherwise anticipated to struggle with his twin-cylinder Ducati at the high-speed venue.

However, the inclement weather conditions would play their part on race day, with race one being cancelled altogether and only half-points being awarded for his fifth place in race two after it was stopped after eight laps.

Though Biaggi concedes a technical issue with his Aprilia on the warm-down lap after the first red flag would have arguably prevented him from even making the restart had it occurred, he still feels he missed out on the chance to extend his advantage.

“It's hard to even know what to say after a Sunday like this one. Without the rain everyone would have had a lot more fun - the riders first and foremost, as well as the fans. Among other things, while coming back in after race one had been suspended I also had a mechanical problem which would very likely have conditioned any restart.

“Race two, on the other hand, was looking good for us. As the track improved I was able to push and I would definitely have made a play for the lead pack. It's true that we're ahead in points, but not with the margin that we could have been on a track that is so favourable to four cylinders.”

Biaggi continues to lead the overall standings, two points ahead of Checa and six points ahead of the in-form Tom Sykes.



Tagged as: Aprilia , Monza , Max Biaggi

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Nick636

May 07, 2012 12:40 PM

I will agree with you there. He is the "bad boy" of WSBK in the press' eye. However, at PI, Sykes was ahead and had the racing line, so I guess Max hit him. But that's not got anything to do with this thread. At the end, he would not have started race 1 had it restarted. And Had they got a full race in, I believe Sykes would've had to have been the favourite, considering the lead he pulled. I am (OBVIOUSLY) a Sykes supporter, and he has gotten an equally hard time from the press since '09 (Only really getting praise this year) Max is awesome, I saw him here at Kyalami and he was gr8 to watch, and I actually like the amount of black flags he's had in his carreer (shows he believes in what he does and will ride it out and face the consequences instead of take the ride-through). We all have our riders/teams we support, and I respect anyone's opinion as long as it has a valid point.

Nick636

May 07, 2012 11:53 AM

@ pcxmac Unfortunately your comment makes you sound like a bit of a "fan boy". I'm not disrespecting Max, as he's one of the best riders I've watched over the years. BUT, let's be honest, he's not the "nicest" of guys, and considering the times I've seen him INTENTIONALLY get in the way of people on flying laps, I do doubt he would've helped someone else back to the pits. I mean, last year at Donnington he blocked HIS OWN TEAM MATE!!! LOVING how close it is at the top though. Still 8 riders, I reckon, that are still in it.



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