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Chatter woes hamper Biaggi as lead is reduced

Max Biaggi loses 27 points from his advantage at the top of the World Superbike Championship standings after being unable to make the podium at Brno.
Max Biaggi's World Superbike Championship lead has been reduced for the first time since Assen after chatter problems prevented him from making it onto the podium at Brno.

The Italian came to the Czech Republic with a sizeable 48 point lead over Marco Melandri having steadily built his advantage since assuming the championship lead at the end of round three, but left himself with a task to maintain this run when he qualified down in 14th position.

Hampered by chatter woes in both races, though Biaggi made progress to finish in sixth and fourth, Marco Melandri's double win means the Aprilia rider's lead has been slashed to 21 points with five rounds remaining.

Disappointed to have problems with the RSV4 whilst utilising a setting that was successful at Motorland Aragon, Biaggi is hoping he can return to form at Silverstone.

“Unfortunately we couldn't do any better than we did today,” he said. “We had some big problems with chattering which compromised every move I made. In race two I tried not to lose touch with the front pack, but I just couldn't maintain their pace.

“I was already at the limit as if it were the last lap. We still haven't figured out what the problem is, since both the bike and the set-up are very similar to what we were using at Aragon. I just hope that we don't have the same problem in the rounds to come.”


Tagged as: Aprilia , Brno , Max Biaggi

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Roman EmpeRSV4 - Unregistered

July 23, 2012 12:06 AM

@shamarone what u are saying is max and team are lying about the chatter probs, give him some credit. he has ridden superbly on many occasions this year and pushed as much as possible today from his poor grid position, which he can be forgiven for a little as the times were very close in super pole. not sure whether this was his and/or teams fault, but he was clearly surprised not to make it through. anyway he obviously would have dropped back even with a better grid placing, because he was right up there gaining on the front guys early on with firm, but clean overtaking (unlike certain others *cough*) in race 2, but rather than continue to close in with his customary ease, he ended up dropping back to a lesser race pace... what more could he have done? eugene didn't have the pace today either and max finished comfortably ahead of him from three rows further back...

gutbucket - Unregistered

July 22, 2012 10:03 PM

this type of ride shows how biaggi is such a great competitor,when his bike set up cant be sorted he can still get a reasonable points finish when a lot of his younger rivals would throw it down the road.



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