Misano Adriatico (Italy), June 12th 2011 - Despite the pain to his foot from a crash yesterday which caused a cartilage fracture of the left astragalus (talus bone), Max Biaggi was a key player in the San Marino Round, the sixth World Superbike round of the 2011 season, held today at the Misano circuit.
Two second place finishes - both behind Carlos Checa - bear witness to the World Champion's determination. This is an extremely positive result considering the fact that before the morning warm-up Max was not even sure he would be able to ride his RSV4 onto the track.
"I pushed to the maximum the whole time - Max explained at the end of the day - even when the second place was securely locked up, and in spite of my physical conditions which were far from perfect. I took some risks but I never gave up. But Carlos is extremely strong lately. He has always ridden well here. I was able to keep up with him but not attack him."
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.
Max also expressed his assessment of the moment and the championship rankings: "There is a large gap, but I mustn't think about that too much. That can't keep me from continuing to battle. At this moment this is the most we can obtain but I am certain that I can come back to victory, for me and for the team. We're always working hard and it would be a great impulse of enthusiasm".
Leon Camier continued his difficult weekend after the double crash yesterday during Superpole which relegated him to the sixteenth position on the grid. In race 1 he came back to finish strongly in sixth place, but in Race 2 he took a slide seconds before the red flag came out (suspension in the tenth lap) losing the right to restart in the second part of the race: "A weekend to forget. I never had a good feeling, not even in Race 1, despite a result that is nothing to scoff at. I've never like this track. The only positive thing is that, at least for this year, we won't be back here".