World SBK Report
In a land soaked with motorcycling passion like Great Britain, Aprilia Alitalia Racing riders Max Biaggi and Leon Camier arrive at Silverstone with much motivation for a World Superbike track that is new to everyone.The “Corsair” Biaggi is strengthening his first place in the motorcycle racer rankings with victory after victory. The Silverstone round holds a particular taste for him also. His participation in WSBK Race 1 will take Max to his 100th start in World Superbike. Celebration from the top step of the podium would be the perfect crowning of an exceptional career.Leon Camier arrives at Silverstone with just as much motivation. The English rider is determined to achieve the best results after a few unfortunate races. The reigning British Superbike champion is quickly learning how to work on his RSV4 and the home atmosphere could speed up the apprenticeship.Max Biaggi says: “To arrive at this stage of the season with a 68 point advantage over the nearest competitor is an astonishing result, especially considering the fact that we are in our second year in the Championship with a completely new bike. Now that we are out front, we don’t want to let the opportunity slip through our fingers. We are earning every single result, considering the great work the Team and I are doing. ”“Silverstone is a track which is new to everyone. I think that right from the first practice laps we’ll be able to get a fairly good idea of the quality on the pitch. Our biggest worry are the bumps since the RSV4 doesn’t seem to digest them too well, but we also know how to operate. The races at Misano and the second race at Brno showed that our work pays of and the little problems are certainly not insurmountable obstacles. My goal is to be on top four.”Leon Camier says: “I’m really looking forward to this race, hopefully we can have a smooth weekend and we can find a rhythm fast and not make any mistake! If everything goes smoothly and we have no problems, we are capable of a good result. It’s going to be a hard weekend as there are 7 Brits trying to prove a point and a couple of wild cards that are going to be very fast.”“The new track is unknown to everyone so we are all on a level playing field, hopefully the bumps won’t hinder the Aprilia too much and we get a good start, but I’m expecting a tougher weekend than ever!”World Superbike Points (after 9 rounds of 13): 1. Biaggi 352; 2. Haslam 284; 3. Rea 203; 4. Checa 189; 5. Haga 172; 6. Toseland 160. 7. Corser 149; 8. Fabrizio 147; 9. Camier 138; 10. Crutchlow 138.Manufacturers: 1. Aprilia 358; 2. Suzuki 305; 3. Ducati 276; 4. Honda 214; 5. Yamaha 206; 6. BMW 163; 7. Kawasaki 55.