A brilliant Max Biaggi makes the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team happy by rocketing his #3 RSV4 to the first World Superbike Superpole with a time of 1’42.121 in Monza, in front of an excited Italian crowd.
It is the first time for the very young RSV4 and the first time in Superbike for Max. In a day of firsts, yet another peak for Biaggi stands out: 330.2 km/h 205 MPH) top speed, almost another prize for the guys in the Motorcycle Racing Division who are committed daily to taking Aprilia to the pinnacle of world motorcycling.
But all of the adversaries did very well today which shows the high level of competition: separated by only 33 thousandths from Biaggi we find Crutchlow on his Yamaha SBK and then Fabrizio (Ducati) followed by Rea (Honda) closing out the first row of the World SBK starting grid.
An unfortunate qualifier on the other hand for Leon Camier who participated in all of the sessions this weekend. Easily making it into the second Superpole session, the young Englishman lost the bike in a slide on the " variante Ascari " precisely during the good lap which would have put him in the top eight.
In any case, the pace he displayed places Leon among the most feared riders for the race.
Max Biaggi says: "It is a great Saturday for the team and for me – Max Biaggi commented – a Saturday which takes us to our first pole which – unfortunately – doesn’t earn any points, but it gives us great satisfaction. It is a result which gives proof of the quality of our work and which I would like to dedicate to all of the guys on our team; people who have worked hard and with great skill to help me shave hundredths off of hundredths."
Biaggi continues: "Today the track was better, even compared to the free practice sessions this morning and we were more aggressive than usual with the qualifying tyre, so we were able to reap the fruits of the hard work we did. Now we cannot back down. There is still another test session which we will use to find the best settings to use for the races. We can’t forget that for us this is only the second time on this track while our opponents know Monza very well thanks to years of races and tests. We have a nice package but our best adversaries are all right there very close, so we know that tomorrow will be difficult, as it always is in Superbike".
Leon Camier says: "A bad qualifier, to use politically correct terms… – stated an annoyed Leon Camier – at the beginning of pole2 I wasn’t able to take any really clean laps; I constantly had Toseland on my wheel. Then, when I came in to put on the last qualifier I was able to push hard; I had an excellent chance of getting into the top eight. Hard luck about the slide, but the front closed on me and I couldn’t stay up, even if the lap would have been compromised anyway. Fortunately we have a good race pace. Obviously I need to take advantage of a good start to avoid missing the train of leaders: everyone is fast here, so it’s important not to lose any time and let them get away".
Monza Superbike Superpole Results
1. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’42.121
2. 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’42.154
3. 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’42.499
4. 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’42.566
5. 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’42.633
6. 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’42.725
7. 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’42.789
8. 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’43.111
9. 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1’43.410
10. 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’43.431
11. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’43.506
12. 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’43.508
13. 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’43.530
14. 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’43.691
15. 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’43.813