Motorcycle Racing AwardsItaly’s leading weekly magazine, Motosprint, held the 35th edition of Cashi d’Or awards Thursday evening in Bologna. And as expected, the man who received the top honors was 2010 World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi.
After a dominating performance this year in WSBK aboard the Aprilia RSV4, Biaggi topped it off with the Cashi d’Or award, which was voted on by Motosprint readers. Biaggi was present with a Golden Helmet award.Max Biaggi says: "It’s great to win the Casco d’Oro, but for me the Top Rider award has a special significance, and it makes me feel so proud," declared an emotional Biaggi on stage. "It’s fantastic to win it again after so many years, the last time was in 1998."In 1998, Biaggi competed on the Team Kanemoto Honda in the 500cc MotoGP class, and placed second overall in the championship behind Mick Doohan.For 2010 Biaggi finished a full 75 points ahead of second-place finisher Leon Haslam on the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000. During his superbike season, Biaggi took double wins at Portimao, Monza, Miller and Misano. Biaggi ended up clenching the championship at the penultimate WSBK round in Imola, Italy. Then at the final round at Magny Cours in France, he took fifth at Race 1 and won the final race of the season.Also, in its 22-year history, Biaggi was the first Italian rider to win a World Superbike Championship and it just so happens he did it on an Italian motorcycle.The 39-year old, who is the oldest racer in WSBK along with BMW Motorrad rider Troy Corser, also 39, has also resigned with Aprilia for the next two years.Also at Cashi d’Oro awards, a helmet went to Aprilia for the Superbike Manufacturers title, received by technical director Gigi dall’Igna. Other riders that received awards were FIM MX Champion Tony Cairoli, Moto2 Champ Toni Elias, MotoGP 125cc Champ Marc Marquez and MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo.