Aprilia & Max Biaggi: Extended Contract
World Superbike News
The Italian sports newspaper “La Gazzetta dello Sport” is reporting that World Superbike rider Max Biaggi has extended his contract with Aprilia for two more years.
The paper said he signed for 2011 and 2012 based on 1 million Euro per season. This will most likely make Biaggi the highest paid rider in the World SBK series on the Aprilia Alitalia.
Aprilia was new to World Superbike last year, but with much hard work Biaggi and the Noale company placed the RSV4 fourth overall in the 2009 WSBK standings. As for this year, the Italian is possibly en route to the WSBK championship, and currently leads Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam by 60 points.
Biaggi’s dominance this year is mostly due to his doubles at Portimao, Monza, Miller Motorsports Park and Misano. Besides the doubles, the 39-year-old was also won one race at Brno, and was on the podium four additional times. And DNFs so far this year are non-existent.
Biaggi has quite a history with Aprilia. He spent five years on them while competing in the MotoGP 250 Class, winning back-to-back titles (1994-1996). He also took a 250 title in 1997 on a Honda. To date, Biaggi has 42 Grand Prix wins, and 10 wins in World Superbike.
Also, Aprilia currently has a contract with Alitalia, which makes for an all-Italian team. But the Alitalia contract with Aprilia runs out in 2012.
The World Superbike Championship is on break now, but returns Sept. 3-5 for Nurburgring in Germany, round 11 of 13.