WSBK Title Contender
At 38 years old, Max Biaggi admits he works much harder to keep in shape than he had at 18. Yes, it may be more work, and require more persistence than a younger racer, but Biaggi says with age comes experience: "It’s harder and more sacrifice (keeping in shape), but experience in this sport is very important."
Knowing he’s in the last part of his motorcycle racing career, the Italian says he doesn’t have much time to improve. So what’s his number-one goal? The 2010 World Superbike Championship.
And what better manufacturer to accomplish this feat on than the one that already gave him four 250cc World Championships, and is built in his native Italy? Although the Aprilia RSV4 was new to World Superbike last year, Biaggi and the Aprilia team worked hard, taking fourth place in the ’09 championship.
"Every one is confident and everyone wants to go for the big goal (this year)," Biaggi said during a phone interview. "(Aprilia Team) can do much better than last year; we want to think positive and score every point of the race."
Things are looking up…after taking both wins at Portimao, Biaggi not only added his first double-header to his resume, but also placed himself second in the points. Biaggi is now 16 points behind the series leader Leon Haslam (85 points) after two of 13 rounds.
As for Round 3 in Valencia, he calls this a "very Ducati track, (with) slow turn, slow RPM." Describing last year’s Valencia race, he then added, "remember Ben Spies couldn’t catch Haga."
Despite his remarks, Biaggi says he’s "quite confident" in having good results in Valencia this weekend. But the track he’s most looking forward to racing this year? Brno, where he took a win on every make of motorcycle he ever raced.
Brno may even be a huge deciding factor for Biaggi and his Aprilia as he chases his first-ever World Superbike Championship…only track-time will tell.