In Race 1 Max, rocketing out well from the seventh spot on the grid, moved into second place in the first lap. Taking the lead in the second lap, he stretched the gap significantly, but didn't break away from Carlos Checa definitively. The Spaniard recovered slowly but consistently until overtaking the World Champion at the halfway point. From that point Checa pushed, but without definitively shaking Biaggi who crossed the finish line less than a second behind the leader. In the second race, red flagged in the tenth lap due to a crash and then restarted for the remaining 14 laps, Checa and Biaggi rode their own private race again. Once again, Max held the Spaniard at bay until the halfway point. Then, immediately after the pass, he fought to stay close to Checa who finished with a 1.4 second advantage.