2011 World Superbike
Max Biaggi wasn’t disqualified at Monza like he was at round 2 in Donington, but the reigning World Superbike champ was penalized during the his home round.
The moment came in race 2 of Monza World Superbike Sunday, when Biaggi cut across the first-turn chicane while in the lead.
The race officials deemed the move unofficial, and Biaggi had to undergo a ride-through penalty, which dropped him from first to 12th place. He would pilot the Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 Superbike to a eighth-place finish by the time the 18-race was complete.
Max Biaggi (Alitalia Aprilia RSV4) says: “At the moment I am feeling only great disappointment, for me and for the entire team. We prepared to the best of our ability and I think we showed that on the track. I have to accept this severe decision, blaming myself for not having been shrewd enough not to have touched that line. Now we have to regroup and focus on the next races. There is still a long season ahead.”
Gigi Dall’Igna, Aprilia Techincial and Sports Director, responded to the decision also.
Gigi Dall”igna says: “The judging officials are there to take decisions. It’s our job to respect them and so we must accept the penalty which the judges enforced. However, we cannot keep quiet about the fact that, from a strictly sporting point of view, Max drew no time advantage from cutting the turn.
“A problem which forced Max to avoid crashing and return to the track at 330 km/h: a very difficult condition also in trying to avoid a stripe painted on the track. Our disappointment is made even more bitter in consideration of the work that the entire team did in order to perform as best as possible for this round. Now we’ll continue to work hard as we have always done, in order to keep this championship open until the end.”
Biaggi’s luck was much different in Monza Superbike Race 1; he finished second behind the man who took double victories in Monza — Yamaha’s Eugene Laverty.
Biaggi is now in third place in the 2011 World Superbike Championship after four of 13 rounds. He has 118 points, one behind the second-place rider Marco Melandri (Yamaha). Althea Ducati’s Carlos Checa continues to lead with 145 points.