The very first victory in 2009 to combine the names of Max Biaggi and Aprilia has arrived from the historic and prestigious Brno circuit, home to the Czech round of the Superbike world Championships. The Roman driver secured his ninth victory on this track which saw him triumphant during a period from 1994 to 1996 with the RSW 250cc and which then led to three world championship titles.
Max Biaggi, started off well, right behind a phenomenal Corser who took off like a rocket from the second row. The course of the race changed during the third lap, with Spies taking the lead followed by the Roman on his RSV4 and Fabrizio’s Ducati. The three stepped up the pace, leaving their competitors behind. But an episode that would change the entire race took place during the fifth lap.
Fabrizio, in second position, attempted to pass Spies on the inside, but about halfway through the turn he lost control of his front wheel, taking the blameless American down with him. At that point, Biaggi had the track ahead all to himself and began to push the pace, given that Checa was less than a second behind him. Max managed to gain a few tenths of a second per lap over the Spaniard and his Honda. Just five laps from the finish, with a two-second difference by then, Biaggi lost Checa who crossed the finish line with a time difference of 3:631, ahead of his teammate Rea, who came in third, 9:948 behind Biaggi.
Today Max Biaggi secured his fourth SBK victory, bringing Aprilia back to the top of the podium for the ninth time in the world championships for production derived bikes, a category from which the company had been absent since 2001 when Regis Laconi won Race 2 at Imola with the then two-cylinder RSV1000. It was an unlucky Race 1 for Shinya Nakano who, starting off from fifteenth position, managed to reach ninth place but was then forced to withdraw due to an electrical problem.
Max Biaggi Speaks… (Race 1, Position 1)
"It’s fantastic," said Biaggi. "I still can’t believe it, I’m feeling some indescribable emotions. The last few laps were a series of flashbacks of my previous eight wins here at Brno. It was a very, very difficult race. Once
I was in the lead, I pushed really hard but I couldn’t break away from Checa and Rea who were really quite competitive. I’m sorry about the accident that Fabrizio caused, but that’s the type of thing that can happen in a race. I want to thank my entire team and Aprilia for this victory, especially Gigi Dall’Igna who is a bit like the father of the RSV4 and who unfortunately couldn’t be here in Brno this time. I’m very proud to have been the first to win with this new generation motorcycle, just like in ’94 with the 250cc when we won the first championship title together."