Sunday, March 01, 2009
Biaggi fights for podium to the end
The Aprilia WSBK team got off to a pretty good start of the season. While Race 1 was not so succesful because of tire problems(Biaggi finished 11th and Nakano 15th), race 2 was a lot better with Biaggi taking the lead in the beginning of the race and battling for podium positions. After that he dropped back a bit to 4th place where he was battling with Fabrizio and Haslam. Unfortunately he ended up in the gravel in the last lap because he had to go wide not to hit the riders in front of him who took a strange line into the corner. But a 4th or 5th place was definately possible, unfortunately the gravel incident caused Biaggi to finish in 15th place. Nakano finished in 12th place but was battling for place 6 the whole race untill he dropped back with tyre problems.
It looks like the Aprilia RSV4 certainly has some great potential but they need to put some more development time into it to unleash its full potential.
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