World Superbike title favourite Max Biaggi insists he will stay focused and ride his own race, rather than worry about calculations, as he prepares to start the final races of the season from the mid-pack in tenth.
Taking a commanding 30.5 point lead into the two races at Magny-Cours, Biaggi needs just a pair of sixth place finishes to seal a second WSBK title with Aprilia, though he has left himself with work to do after qualifying down in tenth place, while closest rival Tom Sykes starts from pole position.
Nonetheless, Biaggi is unfazed about the margin to Sykes, insisting he simply needs to concentrate on his own race, regardless of where the Kawasaki rider crossed the finish line.
“I'm obviously a bit disappointed because I made a few mistakes in the fast lap with the qualifying tyre that kept me from staying in the top eight,” he said. “I won't dwell on what happened. It is already time to think about what to expect tomorrow.
“There is a risk of rain tomorrow and that could shuffle the deck since we haven't done even one lap in the wet this weekend. The important thing will be to start well and stay focused. Then we'll see what happens. I'll ride my own race and try to stay out front without making too many calculations.”
Should Biaggi go ahead and win the 2012 WSBK title, it will mark his sixth motorcycling world championship success and make him the eighth rider to win more than one WSBK crown. A strong result will also likely spearhead Aprilia towards its second manufacturers' title.