Biaggi ponders increased competition

Max Biaggi admits the increased competition in this year's World Superbike Championship is making it difficult for him to challenge for wins.
World Superbike Championship leader Max Biaggi says this year's series has been 'complicated' by the increased competitiveness of his rivals, the 2010 title winner suggesting it is becoming harder to challenge for victory.

The Italian retained his slim lead in the overall standings after round five at Donington Park, but it is an advantage that has been built on a single win at the opening round of the season and just two further podiums since then.

Indeed, though Biaggi's consistency has certainly been key to his title challenge thus far, he is determined to get back to winning ways, starting with this weekend's round at Miller Motorsports Park in the United States.

“The race in the USA is always a special round because it's different than the classic structure of the European rounds," the Aprilia rider said. "I like this track. It's very technical and the fact that we have always had good results here attests to that.

“This year things have become complicated. There are more contenders for the podium and staying up front has become more and more difficult. We have the potential to do it, if we get off on the right foot straight away.”

Biaggi, who is five points ahead of Kawasaki's Tom Sykes in the overall standings, is now the only rider to have scored in each race this season.

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Gaz - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 12:24 PM

@Stoo I assume in "fairer" you mean that Max's Aprilia doesnt have such a massive advantage anymore? Get a grip.....the Aprilia is not the best handling bike by a long shot and if it has ALWAYS been soooo much better then why do no other teams use them in WSBK or BSB? Only Max can win on the thing and that is because he is WORLD CLASS! Get over yourself Biaggi hater. Boring.

oleonhenryhonda - Unregistered

May 24, 2012 12:12 PM

It's brilliant that the racing is so close and anyone can win, Max will try even though he doesn't look bothered sometimes, this is what bike racing is all about keep up the chase it's anyone's title

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