Biaggi victory drought continues, extends lead anyway

Max Biaggi notches up only his third World Superbike podium of the season at Donington Park, but extends his overall series lead.
Max Biaggi continues to hold a slender advantage in the World Superbike Championship standings, despite falling short of victory at Donington Park.

Though he had qualified on the outside of the front row in fourth position, the Italian had gone into the two races around the British circuit feeling fairly pessimistic about his chances. Nonetheless, he came out fighting on both occasions to battle for victory.

However, despite never dropping more than two seconds off the lead in either race, Biaggi was not once able to nose his Aprilia into the lead, the 2010 champion blaming problems under acceleration for his failure to strike.

Shuffled down to fifth position in race one, Biaggi responded with a second place in race two, marking his first podium since Phillip Island.

Despite this, Biaggi has extended his advantage in the overall standings with Tom Sykes is now his closest competitor, five points adrift.

“Two thrilling races,” he said. “In the first race I had a bit more difficulty. We were losing ground to BMW and Kawasaki coming out of the curves even though we were fast in the straight stretches. In race two things went better. I rode well and was fighting for the podium.

“The last few laps were just mad. With tyres worn everyone was trying to gain positions, shooting through at every braking zone. The last curve gave us second place which is an important result: now we'll go to Miller to confirm our performance, but we need to improve on acceleration.”

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May 13, 2012 9:48 PM
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Lgc - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 9:11 PM

Yes his second place in race 2 was lucky. But i found his performace solid and he beat sykes fair. It will be a long season but if biaggi can be steady then he could walk away with it this year

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