MAX BIAGGI RETURNS TO LEAD WORLD SUPERBIKES

Two times WorldSBK Champion Max Biaggi returned to the World SUPERBIKE leading Friday Free Practices sessions, qualifying fifth on the grid on Saturday Superpole and then recording two impressive sixth-place finishes on race day at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. The Roman Emperor last raced competitively at the Magny-Cours Round of the FIM World Superbikes in France 2012.  Despite such a long period of absence in the Sport, the 43-year-old Italian showed great speed on the race distance and was able to challenge some of the current top riders in the series.  “I’m happy with this weekend. Everything went well and we didn’t make any mistakes. Once again I’d like to thank the Piaggio Group, Aprilia and the guys from Noale who helped me take perfect advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

Race 2 went better than the first. I finished about 5 seconds behind the winner, which is really not much at all.” Tom Sykes won his 25th career win from his 27th career pole position leading the 21 Laps with his KAWASAKI team mate JONATHAN REA and fellow countryman Chaz Davies aboard the Aruba.it Ducati finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Championship leader rose up to the challenge in Race2 snatching the lead from Aruba.it DUCATI rider Davide Giuliano with just 5 Laps yo go.  Rea’s double podium at Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit equalled the record set by Troy Corser in 2005 of 16 consecutive podium finishes in a season.

Leon Haslam aboard the APRILIA RSV4 got the better of Chaz Davies on the second factory Ducati after their own personal race long duel to claim the final podium place.

Race one winner Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was strong for the first half of the second encounter before dropping back to 5that the flag to finish just ahead of Max Biaggi and Jordi Torres, the Aprilia Racing pairing swapping places throughout the 21 laps.

Michele Pirro rode a lonely race to finish 8th on the 3rd Aruba.it Racing Ducati with Pata Honda 

team mates Sylvain Guintoli and Michael van der Mark completing the top ten. 

 

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