Last weekend at the Imola round of World Superbike Championship, Max Biaggi clenched the WSBK title. But the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team rider still has much work in order to give Aprilia the manufacturer’s title as the series heads into the final round at Magny-Cours in France this weekend.
It’ll be a tough feat, although Aprilia currently has a 41-point advantage over Ducati. But with Carlos Checa’s double wins last weekend, and Noriyuki Haga being on the podium twice, the 39-year-old Italian has to give it all he’s got.
Max Biaggi says: “It would be truly exceptional to be able to place the manufacturer world title next to my rider world title. Most of all I think it would be a great reward for the guys on the team and the entire Racing Division who, together with me, have given a performance this season which will go down in the history of our sport.”
“As always, we will be giving it our all. Unfortunately I am struggling with a less than brilliant physical condition which is hopefully just a passing flu and won’t ruin this last weekend of the 2010 season.”
Aboard the Aprilia RSV4, Biaggi took double wins at Portimao, Monza, Miller and Misano. He was the first Italian in the series’ 22-year history to capture the title.
Even before Biaggi clenched the 2010 World SBK title, Aprilia had extended his contract for an additional two years. The Italian manufacturer joined World Superbike in 2008, and may possibly have their first manufacturer’s title in the series this weekend with the Roman Emperor piloted the RSV4.
1. Aprilia 433
2. Ducati 392
6. BMW 201
7. Kawasaki 100