Biaggi sends out warning with Nurburgring pole

Max Biaggi ups the pressure on his World Superbike Championship rivals as he edges out Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri at the Nurburgring.
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Max Biaggi has sent out a timely warning to his World Superbike Championship rival Marco Melandri by claiming only the fifth pole position of his career on BMW's home soil at the Nurburgring.

Coming into the weekend having reverted to the role of title chaser after losing the series lead to Melandri last time out in Russia, Biaggi has responded with a series of quick laps during free practice and provisional qualifying.

It's form that he continued to maintain during Superpole as he eased into the top eight shootout before literally shrugging off the attentions of Melandri to break the Nurburgring lap record for pole.

The first WSBK rider to break 1min 54secs, Biaggi will gain confidence from his performance, not least because it marks a rare appearance at the head of the grid, while he also had the satisfaction of out-pacing Melandri despite the BMW rider's attempts to follow him around on his fastest lap.

Even so, despite Biaggi's strong performance, Melandri's third place still marks one his best qualifying performances of the season, the Italian no doubt satisfied to be just six hundredths behind his key rival.

Between them on the grid will be outside title contender Tom Sykes, the Kawasaki rider squeezing into a small time gap between the two Italians after very nearly notching up an eighth pole position of the season.

Completing the front row, Eugene Laverty could play a role for Biaggi from fourth position on the grid, the Irishman faring far better than Melandri's team-mate Leon Haslam, the Briton down in 12th position after crashing on his first flying lap during SP2.

Having been quickest in Q2, Jonathan Rea could not replicate his form as he heads up row two aboard the Honda ahead of Carlos Checa, whose mistake on his fastest lap condemned him to sixth place.

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Hulio - Unregistered

September 08, 2012 5:43 PM

annoying reading all the crap about Biaggi being finished the past few rounds. He did the double not so log ago. So today was great to see him getting pole. More so after breaking hard to stop Melandri towing, Marco doing the same to stay behind him, then being unable to keep up with Max-loved it! Nice to see his wife happy too. Smiling at the end there was funny. Max is v.pleasant on Twitter talking about his kids, I would hope relations with his wife are okay. Sour faced Melandri was v.amusing. Hope he crashes out 2mo or someone does some of his dirty passes on him.

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