Max Biaggi: Points Trimmed But Strong
Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team comes away from the English weekend at Silverstone, Round 10 of the World Superbike Season, with a smile on their faces.
Ranking leader Max Biaggi fought with a blade between his teeth in the “fray” of the unleashed home turf riders, determined more than ever to do well.
The results speak clearly: the Roman Emperor with fifth and sixth place maintains a strong hold on the world championship leadership with 60 points advantage over the nearest follower, Haslam, while Aprilia stands out in the manufacturer standings at 53 lengths ahead of Suzuki.
Two great races for Leon Camier as well. The reigning British Superbike champion was not intimidated by his sixteenth place on the starting grid and took sixth place in the first race after an unbeatable comeback. Even better in race 2, he rode to the third step of the podium.
Max Biaggi says: “I am coming out of this weekend quite satisfied, even if these are not the placings I could have achieved. It was difficult here, above all adjusting my RSV4 on the bumpy Silverstone track. In race 2 I finished sixth behind five English riders. I think that the home field factor really gave them some extra motivation.”
Leon Camier says: “A fantastic day. Too bad about the sixteenth starting position. Unfortunately mistakes in Superpole come at a high cost! As the practices showed, the feeling on this circuit was very good from the start and in the race I was able to really push, truly earning a lot of positions.”
“In the first race I finished behind my team mate. In race 2 I was able to lock onto the front group straight away, although Crutchlow and Rea unfortunately were already away. I’m happy for a podium in front of my fans. It’s also a nice reward for my team and for Aprilia.”