New World Superbike championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) also leads the 2010 win count with six as we enter the second half of another exciting year in WSBK, all of the four-time 250cc GP Champion’s victories coming in twos.
Max has scored doubles at Portimao, Monza and most recently Miller. Hot on his heels is long-time leader Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare), now eager to make up for a crash in the USA that cost him his championship advantage.
Haslam lost his World SBK lead to Biaggi after the previous round at Miller Motorsports Park, but the tough Englishman has had time to gather his thoughts in the past three weeks and is now ready to get back to terms with Biaggi.
Currently 15 points behind Max, Haslam is proving to be the Italian’s only true rival in the championship battle and as a result will be aiming to make amends this weekend. World SBK caught up with the 27 year-old at the recent Misano tests.
So far you’ve never managed a win or even a podium at Misano. Any particular reason why?
“I’ve never raced here on a factory Suzuki before. We will remedy this this weekend!”
Do you like the Misano track?
“I like it very much. It’s very fast and flowing and I like these kind of circuits.”
Do you think the battle for the title will be between you and Max?
“Yes, but there is a long way to go in the championship and many riders are still able to win, but for now Max is my main rival.”
How do you think things will go at the San Marino Round?
“I think it will be a tough race as most of the teams have done 4 days testing, but as always it will be a good fight.”
The second half of the season looks as if it will be quite a battle. Do you think some of your rivals can spring a surprise?
“No, I think there are 6 or 7 guys who can win races, any of these will be capable, it will not be a surprise.”