WORLD SBK: MAX BIAGGI WINS IN THE SPANISH ROUND.
VICTORY IN RACE 2 AND SECOND PLACE IN RACE 1.
GAP BEHIND CHECA REDUCED BY 29 POINTS.
NICE PODIUM FOR LEON CAMIER, THIRD PLACE IN RACE 1.
Aragon Motorland (Spain), June 19th 2011 -- From the Aragon Circuit (Spain) the first victory of the 2011 World SBK season arrives for Max Biaggi. After taking second place in Race 1 behind Marco Melandri (a result which earned the World Champion 20 points toward closing the gap behind the ranking leader, Checa, who crashed in the seventh lap), Biaggi outdid himself in the second race. Off to a splendid start, Max stayed out front from the first to the last lap, with Melandri once more breathing down his pipes. The two soon left the rest of the pack behind them. Max pushed hard without any hesitation all the way to the finish line, forcing Melandri to go wide in a turn on the fifteenth lap in his attempts to keep up the same pace.
Exactly the opposite of what had happened in the first race when it was Max who gave the rider from Ravenna an opening with a similar error after leading for the first three-quarters of the race. The proof of Max's strength this weekend is summed up by the fact that he was in the lead for 35 out of a total of 40 laps.
"I am truly happy. This is the first victory with the number 1 on the fairing. I think it could have happened a lot sooner. Unfortunately there was always some circumstance that kept it from us, but we deserve it and I will enjoy it with my team. I must thank the team. We worked very hard and between the two races we were also able to change something on my RSV4 which allowed me to push even harder and to be fast and consistent all the way to the end. These are very close races where any slight hesitation can compromise everything. But I dare say that this was a decisive victory, in front from the first metre to the last".
With this statement, and with the nice placing in Race 1, Biaggi significantly reduces the gap (29 points) behind Checa, who crashed in the first race today and came in third for the second. The two are now separated by 43 points (261 to 218). "I am certainly not celebrating because of the points I earned - admonished Biaggi - I did not overtake anyone and there is little to celebrate where the standings are concerned. What matters to me is to have truly won. Now I want to ride good races and keep winning, but we need to make the entire bike-tyres package competitive. It hasn't always been so up to now, so I hope that from here on we can change something".
Leon Camier had a bitter-sweet weekend with a bitter Race 2 (eighth place at more than 17 seconds behind the winner) contrasting a nice rostrum (third) in the first race). Leon captured the third step of the podium crossing the finish line right behind Melandri and Biaggi and riding with the same pace as the leaders for two-thirds of the race.
"I'm happy for myself and for Aprilia - commented Camier at the end - it certainly didn't go badly, but I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't have a good pace from the start. I struggled at least until the seventh lap and then I pushed hard, but Max and Melandri had more or less the same pace I did, so I wasn't able to get too close. Too bad!".