Max Biaggi described himself as 'pleased' after qualifying fifth for his World Superbike comeback in Misano.

The six-time world champion tested the class' qualifying format for the first time on Saturday and said the 'frenetic pace' of the 15-minute shootout took some getting used to.

Biaggi was one of three Aprilia RSV4 RFs to qualify on the first two rows at Misano, a track he has tested at prior to his first competitive event since he retired at the close of 2012.

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"We knew that Superpole would be complicated for us," said the 44-year old. "This is my first time with the new format and using a qualifier tyre on a flying lap isn't easy at all. In these conditions it doesn't take more than a small mistake to compromise all of the weekend's work and the pace is so frenetic that there is no room for indecision.

"I'm pleased with the placing. The gaps are very tight behind the leaders and we have also done a good job in terms of race pace. I am satisfied and my compliments go once again to the Aprilia test team which came to the track with me to Misano in race configuration."

Fastest in both sessions on Friday, Biaggi expects to have his work cut out on Sunday as he seeks to secure two creditable results at a track where he has enjoyed much success in the past.

"Now I'll begin to prepare for the two races tomorrow. I'm expecting a hard battle! The main goal is still to have fun and to give the fans a good time."


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Don't forget that Biaggi when he entered his first race ever on the 500 he beat Doohan and won.
As a 6 time world champion he is talented for sure and he'll pull something out of the high hat during the races...