A black flag at Donington Park put a small dent in Biaggi’s title defence, but the Aprilia rider got himself back on track with two podium finishes last weekend at Assen. Biaggi took second in both races at Assen, the first time behind Jonathan Rea and the second time behind season leader Carlos Checa.
Despite his DNF at Donington, Biaggi was able to move into second place in the overall standings behind Carlos Checa. Biaggi was able to push both Rea and Checa around the Assen track, and finished within a second of the winner during both races.
“We reaped the maximum,” Checa said. “Unfortunately we had to make a forced choice of tyres with our RSV4. I would not have been able to use the softer tires that Checa chose. When I overtook him in Race 2 I pushed to the limit, but I just didn’t have the grip to hold onto first place.
“The advantage of the two cylinders in being able to use softer tires is important on a track like this one, besides the fact that I had a technical problem for the last 5 or 6 laps in Race 2. In any case I have to thank my Team. I’m happy with second place. We still need to make up a lot of points, but we won’t let up. Monza could be an important race from this point of view”.
Leon Camier, on the other hand, didn’t get the results he hoped for at Assen. Camier’s bike shut off just a few seconds after the start of race 1. Camier was able to salvage the weekend during race 2, however, and scored a fourth place finish. Camier also had the fastest lap of the second race.
“This is the classic weekend where anything that can go wrong does,” Camier said. “Some problems with the tires, two breakdowns, the bike switching off and, above all, my two mistakes in Superpole ruined what could have been an important race. In any case I’m happy with the fourth place in Race 2 where I was also able to make the fast lap. I knew I had a good pace, I showed that in practice and warm-up. I’m leaving Assen convinced that I can do well if I keep improving and luck stays on my side!”
World Superbike Standings
- Carlos Checa – Ducati – 132
- Max Biaggi – Aprilia – 89
- Marco Melandri – Yamaha – 85
- Jonathan Rea – Honda – 79
- Leon Haslam – BMW – 68
- Leon Camier – Aprilia – 50
- Michel Fabrizio – Suzuki – 47
- Jakub Smrz – Ducati – 49
- Eugene Laverty – Yamaha – 35
- Noriyuki Haga – Aprilia – 34
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com