Courtesy of Aprilia
On the first day of practice at the Brno track work is mostly done on the set-up of the Factory RSV4. Max Biaggi ends in fifth and says that he is confident for the qualifications tomorrow.
With two first places to defend, the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team worked hard on the first day of practice at Brno. A great desire to do well for the rankingleader, Max Biaggi, and a new track for team mate Leon Camier demand maximum effort in determining the set-ups.
The RSV4 Factory which Max and Leon ride on the track has evolved quite a bit compared to last year, when it was Biaggi who rode the Aprilia Superbike to the top step of the podium for the first time.
2'00.174 is the best time for Corsair, Max Biaggi, while Leon Camier ended the first day with 2'00.745.
Max has clear ideas: "Compared to last year the bike is more edgy, it has quicker reactions, so on a track which is ridden like this one is, we'll have some trouble coming out of the turns strong. We need to perfect the set-up we've been using for a lot of recent races, working above all on the balancing of the RSV4 in order to better manage the grip and long distance. The tyres aren't a problem, I've tried different ones in order to judge the bike's reactions well. I like to race at Brno, we have identified the points we need to work on, so tomorrow we'll see if our intuitions are correct".
This morning we started with a new tyre which didn't give me any feeling – the words of Leon Camier - just at the most important moment for me, when went for the first time on a track I had never ridden on before. Things got gradually better, the track is very wide and the difference can be made by setting up the trajectories well in the guided sections. The gaps from third place on are really minimal, it won't take much at all to close in on the best times. We need to work above all on the setting for the slower turns and we need to interpret the track well. I'm certain we can do well".
Max Biaggi will start from the front row in the two races tomorrow at the Brno circuit. It will be a heated Sunday, but Aprilia Alitalia Racing team and its rider are ready to defend their first place ranking.
A very tight Superpole closed out the Saturday qualifiers on the Brno track. The hard work done over the last two days by the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team allowed Max Biaggi to take second place on the grid, surpassed only by a spectacular lap ridden by "specialist" Crutchlow.
The Corsair went through the procedure of the first two pole sessions with his usual, relentless determination. In Superpole 3 he stopped the clock at 1'58.743 which earned him second place on the grid, in spite of the scorching asphalt which greatly reduced grip compared to last year. This is a situation which we will also encounter tomorrow, especially in the second race. In any case, Max is confident with the set-up which has been chosen for his Aprilia RSV4 Factory.
The English Aprilia Alitalia Racing colours bearer, reigning British Superbike champion Leon Camier, continues his apprenticeship on the difficult Czech track while showing encouraging improvements. His thirteenth place is less than 3 tenths from the top eight with a time of 1'59.841. He will have a chance to improve even more in the two races which await him tomorrow.
"I'm happy with the starting position. The front row is always an encouraging result – confirms Max Biaggi – in spite of the fact that the high temperatures hurt us a little bit coming out of the medium-slow turns. With the hard work we did yesterday and this morning we were able to obtain good balance. The bike has consistently improved in spite of some small problems we had in the first practice on Friday. Tomorrow should be fun, there are quite a few of us in the game and we'll need to have eyes in the back of our helmets! Anyway, I'm keen to do well here at Brno, both for our two first place standings and for the particular feeling that I have with this magnificent track".
Leon Camier is well aware of what awaits him tomorrow at the start: "We've sorted the situation after having struggled to find the most satisfactory set-up. There is still work to do, that much is clear, both on the bike and on my interpretation of the track. After the changes we made today grip has improved a lot. We'll try to improve on some details tomorrow and prepare as best we can for the two races. It isn’t impossible to make a comeback here. The important thing is to stay focused on the goal and... give it everything we've got!".
At Brno Max takes his ninth victory in the 2010 World SBK championship: a victory in race 2 which launches him 68 points out front of the closest competitor. A capital performance for the Corsair and the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team.
After his second place in race 1, Max Biaggi takes back the keys to the Brno circuit with an unrepeatable show. The good start was just a prelude to a monologue: from the sixth lap on, after overtaking Rea, Max Biaggi set an infernal pace which the followers just couldn't match. The 4.6 second final gap tell the whole story of Max's devastating supremacy.
The Corsair's consistency was also impressive, with points earned in all eighteen rounds with nine victories including the one today.
A good performance for team mate Leon Camier as well, finally comfortable on the Czech track after a weekend of searching for the right feeling. He finished in eighth place and is now eagerly awaiting the race on his home turf in Silverstone.
The fifth victory in the last six races for Max Biaggi takes him to 352 points, 68 in front of Haslam, while Aprilia solidifies its lead in the manufacturer rankings with 53 points over Suzuki and 82 over Ducati.
"After the second place in race 1 I was satisfied anyway – comments Max Biaggi – even if, to be honest, I expected the maximum on this track. And so it was in the second race: we made some changes to the rear suspension and the gearbox which, as it turns out, worked well. After being behind Rea for a while, I realised that I was faster and I overtook him. From there on, I just pushed it to the limit without thinking about tyre wear and the track proved me right. I want to thank my team. The guys support me and believe in my indications, and this is confirmed by our results. There are still a lot of points at stake, so I won't look back and I'll continue to stay focused race after race. That is the winning philosophy."
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Both Max Biaggi and Aprilia are well positioned to increase their advantage in the World Superbike Championship standings after snatching second position on the grid at Brno.
The Italian comes to the Czech venue keen to build on a superb record there, one that includes Aprilia's first win with the RSV-4 last season, although the former MotoGP rider admits things haven't been going to plan so far this weekend.
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Max Biaggi has put himself well on course to win the 2010 World Superbike Championship after claiming his fifth win in six races at Brno, while Leon Haslam could only manage tenth place. The Italian entered into a battle with race one winner and early leader Jonathan Rea during the first few laps, but once past on lap seven, Biaggi would cruise to what is now his ninth victory of the year.
TIMES AND STANDINGS
1. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 1min 58.018s
2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 1min 58.743s
3. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.094s
4. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1min 59.135s
5. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 59.179s
6. Luca Scassa ITA Supersonic Ducati 1198 1min 59.393s
7. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 1min 59.451s
8. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 1min 59.571s
9. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA DFX Ducati 1198 1min 59.699s
10. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 1min 59.699s
11. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 59.829s
12. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 1min 59.830s
13. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 1min 59.841s
14. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 59.995s
15. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 2mins 00.258s
16. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 2mins 00.564s
17. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Aprilia RSV-4 2mins 00.341s
18. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2mins 01.413s
19. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.523s
20. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR Did Not Partcipate
21. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR 2mins 01.463s
22. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2mins 01.826s
1. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 20 Laps
2. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +2.518s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +4.071
4. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +7.160s
5. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR +8.602s
6. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 +11.379s
7. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +11.513s
8. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +16.487s
9. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 +20.829s
10. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA DFX Ducati 1198 +25.164s
11. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +32.602s
12. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 +36.748s
13. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR +39.183s
14. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +59.889s
15. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1min 05.329s
16. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 12 laps completed
17. Luca Scassa ITA Team Supersonic Ducati 1198 4 laps completed
18. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 4 laps completed
19. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Aprilia RSV-4 0 laps completed
20. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 0 laps completed
21. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 0 laps completed
1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 20 Laps
2. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +4.627s
3. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 +13.600s
4. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +16.372s
5. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 +17.530s
6. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 +21.704s
7. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +23.769s
8. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +25.875s
9. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 +30.374s
10. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +34.002s
11. Lorenzo Lanzi ITA DFX Ducati 1198 +34.691s
12. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR +49.270s
13. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1min 03.258s
14. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +1 lap
15. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +1 lap
16. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Aprilia RSV-4 15 laps completed
17. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR 14 laps completed
18. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 2 laps completed
19. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R 0 laps completed
20. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 0 laps completed
DNS Luca Scassa ITA Team Supersonic Ducati 1198
1. (1) Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia 352 points
2. (2) Leon Haslam Suzuki Alstare 284
3. (4) Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 203
4. (3) Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 189
5. (5) Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 172
6. (7) James Toseland Yamaha Sterilgarda 160
7. (6) Troy Corser BMW Motorrad 149
8. (8) Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 147
9. (9) Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia 138
10. (10) Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Sterilgarda 138
11. (11) Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Alstare 138
12. (12) Shane Byrne Althea Ducati 108
13. (14) Ruben Xaus BMW Motorrad 64
14. (13) Jakub Smrz PATA B&G Ducati/Aprilia 61
15. (15) Luca Scassa Supersonic Ducati 53
16. (16) Tom Sykes Kawasaki SRT 48
17. (18) Lorenzo Lanzi DFX Ducati 44
18. (17) Max Neukirchner Ten Kate Honda 35
19. (19) Chris Vermeulen Kawasaki SRT 10
20. (24) Broc Parkes Echo CRS Honda 9
21. (23) Roger Lee Hayden Pedercini Kawasaki 7
22. (20) Sheridan Morais EmTek Aprilia 3
23. (25) Matteo Baiocco Pedercini Kawasaki 3
24. (21) Andrew Pitt Reitwagen BMW 3
25. (22) Joshua Brookes Echo CRS Honda 2
1. (1) Aprilia 358 points
2. (2) Suzuki 305
3. (3) Ducati 276
4. (5) Honda 214
5. (4) Yamaha 206
6. (6) BMW 163
7. (7) Kawasaki 55