Max Biaggi says his run to fourth on the grid at Sepang in only his second Superpole since 2012 was achieved on merit alone and not because of the four-day test he participated in a week before the event.

Competing in the second of his two-event 'comeback tour', Biaggi had spent four days getting reacclimatised with his Aprilia RSV4 and the Malaysian venue with a four day test a week earlier, though only one day was entirely dry.

With this in mind, Biaggi has dismissed the notion that testing may have given him an advantage, insisting a breakthrough with the qualifying tyres was down to his upturn in pace when it mattered.

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"I'm pleased with the final outcome because just toward the end of the qualifiers we figured out a few things and I hope that this is the step forward we were trying to find for the races. This is a demonstration of why it is essential for me to take full advantage of every single session.

"My testing here, which was conducted in only one day because of the rain, cannot compare to the race weekend habits of the riders who compete throughout the entire season and are accustomed to certain automatisms.

"Tomorrow I hope to ride two nice races. I want to stay with the leaders and that is why starting well will be important."