For the second time since Monza, the reigning World Superbike Champion, Max Biaggi, will start from the pole position.
The Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 pilot posted a 1:58.580 Saturday at Brno, giving him the best start for Round 8 of the 2011 WSBK Championship. Biaggi held off fellow Italian, Yamaha Superbike’s Marco Melandri, by 0.221 of a second.
2011 World Superbike
Things didn’t go too well for the reigning World Superbike Champion at Donington Park in the UK Sunday.
Max Biaggi, who qualified in sixth, struggled in race 1, finishing seventh. Biaggi got a good start, but began running wide various times, and he couldn’t catch up with the leading group.
A test for some of the top teams in WSB racing got underway on Wednesday at Valencia, and was blessed by warm temperatures and dry track surfaces.
Top of the list was Leon Haslam, taking his Suzuki Alstare machine to a 1’34.5 second lap. Next fastest proved to be Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) then double World Superbike Champion of yesteryear, James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda). Toseland, like fourth fastest man Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) fell today, but was unhurt.
Four Time World and AMA Champion Doug Polen and Three Time AMA Flattrack and AMA Superbike Champion Bubba Shobert will be on hand for autographs at Ducati Austin, Austin Texas June 16 from 5-6 pm, and will attend a Ducati-oriented track day on the following Wednesday 17th.
Doug Polen, 2 X World Superbike Champion
1991 and 1992 World Superbike Champion, Doug Polen is credited with racking up the most wins in a season. Polen is also the 1993 AMA Superbike Champion and ’97 and ’98 World Endurance Champion. He currently teaches riding techniques at his One-on-One schools across the U.S.