Aprilia sporting director Gigi Dall’Igna has celebrated a first 1-2 result just a year and a half after the RSV-4 made its World Superbike Championship debut.
A month after Max Biaggi gave Aprilia a fairytale result on the home ground at Monza, the Noale manufacturer is celebrating yet another landmark after securing its first-ever 1-2 finish at World Superbike level.
Biaggi’s double win at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, USA, at the weekend has enabled him to snatch the lead of the standings from Suzuki’s Leon Haslam for the first time this season, a result that also sees Aprilia move back ahead in the manufacturers’ reckoning.
Furthermore, Aprilia Alitalia became the first team this season to record a 1-2 finish by virtue of Leon Camier’s charging ride to second position during race two.
It was a proud moment for Aprilia’s technical and sporting director Gigi Dall’Igna and he is confident it can be repeated in the second-half of the season.
“The first double victory in the new Aprilia SBK adventure takes on even more significance because it comes just a year and a half after the début of our RSV4. I cannot help but thank all of the people involved in this project.
“Taking two bikes ahead of everybody, ahead of very strong adversaries and manufacturers with so much experience in this championship makes us very hopeful for the rest of the season even though the World championship is still long and difficult.”
But Biaggi is refusing to get carried away despite assuming the lead of the WSBK Championship standings for the first time this season following his double win.
Adding to his victory whitewashes at Portimao and Monza, although Biaggi was certainly aided by Carlos Checa’s retirement from comfortable leads in both races, as well as Haslam’s self-inflicted elimination, the Italian was still best placed to capitalise.
Biaggi was thrilled to have turned around a deficit of 15 points into what is now an identical advantage over Haslam.
“Two fantastic races – nothing more needs to be said! We set up the weekend well, working a lot to take best advantage of the potential of the RSV4 on this beautiful circuit.”
Still, while Biaggi did touch upon the fortuitousness of his victories over Checa, he hinted that he may have been able to launch a challenge for the win in race two.
“Again in race two Checa immediately set a frantic pace, but I had more feeling than in race one, so I think that I would have played it out to the end anyway.
“I must be thankful because this double win is a credit of the entire team and the guys who work at Noale, who give me the best possible support.”
Moving on now to Biaggi and Aprilia’s second home race of the season at Misano, Biaggi maintains he will not get complacent, pointing out the season is still relatively young.
“Today is an important day for us, but my mind is already on the next round. To make it to the lead spot in the standings is extremely important, but there is still a long season ahead of us, so … we’ll keep our feet on the ground.”
Full race results from the seventh round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park, USA.
1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 38mins 20.442secs 21 laps
2. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +4.931s
3. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 +6.432s
4. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +8.576s
5. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR +11.150s
6. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 +11.243s
7. Luca Scassa ITA Team Supersonic Ducati 1198 +12.432s
8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +15.145s
9. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +16.091s
10. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR +16.502s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +18.719s
12. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +24.285s
13. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +36.479s
14. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +39.700s
15. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +41.263s
16. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +41.881s
17. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR +1min 00.427s
18. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R +4 laps
19. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 19 laps completed
20. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 1 lap completed
21. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1198 0 laps completed
1. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 21 laps
2. Leon Camier GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +5.899s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 +7.363s
4. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1198 +8.842s
5. Troy Corser AUS BMW Motorrad S1000RR +9.473s
6. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 +12.293s
7. Shane Byrne GBR Althea Ducati 1198 +12.483s
8. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +15.959s
9. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1198 +18.897s
10. Luca Scassa ITA Team Supersonic Ducati 1198 +20.372s
11. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW Motorrad S1000RR +26.823s
12. Max Neukirchner GER Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR +30.344s
13. Chris Vermeulen AUS Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +33.337s
14. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki SRT ZX-10R +38.772s
15. Broc Parkes AUS Echo-CRS Honda CBR1000RR +44.994s
16. Jakub Smrz CZE PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1198 18 laps completed
17. Matteo Baiocco ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 15 laps completed
18. James Toseland GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda YZF R1 14 laps completed
19. Roger Lee Hayden USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 laps completed
20. Leon Haslam GBR Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 7 laps completed
21. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1198 7 laps completed
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:
1 Max Biaggi Aprilia Racing 257
2 Leon Haslam Suzuki Alstare 242
3 Jonathan Rea Ten Kate Honda 151
4 Carlos Checa Althea Ducati 141
5 Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 135
6 James Toseland Yamaha Sterilgarda 132
7 Troy Corser BMW 127
8 Leon Camier Aprilia Racing 115
9 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Sterilgarda 107
10 Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 102
11 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Alstare 95
12 Shane Byrne Althea Ducati 81
13 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing 61
14 Ruben Xaus BMW 53
15 Tom Sykes Kawasaki SRT 42