Max Biaggi says he can take great satisfaction from returning to the podium on his much anticipated World Superbike Championship return, particularly as he was doing so with a shoulder injury.

The two-time champion - competing in the second of his comeback wild-card events with Aprilia - showed his experience in race one to steadily work his way into contention as tyres began to fade, catching and passing Tom Sykes on the final lap to finish in third position.

Describing it as an 'incredible result', though a fall at the start of race two prevented a repeat, he says there is much pleasure to be taken from his rostrum result.

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"The podium is an incredible result. It is a challenge overcome, the challenge of raising the bar to something that no one had ever done before," he said. "My race pace was consistent. Rea, Davies and Sykes pulled away at the front straight away. I tried to find my pace without destroying the tyre by overheating it. It wasn't easy because at the same time you have to push.

"After overtaking my team mates I began to focus on Sykes who was getting closer and closer. I managed to catch him up and overtake him right at the last lap. I'm super happy. This is the result I was dreaming of, a real cherry on top and the best I could have hoped to achieve. The crash in Race 2 doesn't take anything away from my satisfaction."

Furthermore, Biaggi went on to reveal he was riding with ailments, saying a crash during testing a week earlier had forced him to grit his teeth through shoulder and ankle pain.

"Now that the weekend is over I can reveal that my crash during the tests last week "gave" me a left shoulder dislocation and an injury that required stitches on my right ankle. It was mainly the shoulder that bothered me, especially in the more flowing parts of the track. But we gritted our teeth and everything went brilliantly - just one more reason to rush into a happy holiday break."


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Great performance Max, you've certainly won a few fans over later in your career...