Magny Cours (France), 3 October 2010 - With the victory won by Max Biaggi, brand new World SBK champion, the triumphant march of the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team comes to an end after conquering all of the titles on the table in their second year on the track with the new RSV4.
Max Biaggi's French performance was magnificent in spite of his battle with the flu which troubled him all weekend. In the second race, which ended with a well deserved victory, the Roman champion dug deep to steal the game ball from his rivals who were riding faster and faster. After starting from the fourth block of the grid, Max dictated the pace right away moving into the lead position in the ninth lap and then imposing his pace, resisting attacks first by Guintoli and later by Crutchlow. Today's victory is Max's tenth of the season, truly excellent spoils for the Corsair.
With the 25 points in Race 2 and his fourth place in Race 1, Max brings his world championship points to a total of 451, 75 more than Haslam and 154 more than Carlos Checa. Aprilia soars to the top of the manufacturer standings with 47 points over Ducati, 59 over Suzuki, 119 over Yamaha, followed by Honda, BMW and Kawasaki. The spectacular year ends with a first place for the Team championship at 615 points, that is the sum of Max's 451 points and his team-mate Leon Camier's 164.
"Race 2 was really hard - confirmed a radiant Max Biaggi - We were a lot stronger than in the first race and yet the competition was always right their snapping at our heels. My cold didn't let up at all and after the halfway point of the race I was struggling to breathe and sincerely couldn't wait to get to the last lap. It's nice to end this season with a win after the first place in the rider and manufacturer standings: the celebration was for me at Imola, but today it's my Team's turn. They have worked hard and they deserve this success from the mechanics to the engineers from Noale who follow me track after track."
World Superbike - Rider Standings
1- Max Biaggi 451 pts
2- Leon Haslam 376 pts
3- Carlos Checa 297 pts
4- Jonathan Rea 292 pts
12- Leon Camier 164 pts
World Superbike - Manufacturer Standings
1- Aprilia 471 pts
2- Ducati 424 pts
3- Suzuki 412 pts
4- Yamaha 352 pts
5- Honda 313 pts
6- BMW 201 pts
7- Kawasaki 113 pts
World Superbike - Team Standings
1- Aprilia Alitalia Racing 615 pts
2- Suzuki Alstare 573 pts
3- Yamaha Sterilgarda 471 pts
4- Althea Racing 466 pts
5- Ducati Xerox 453 pts