Saturday, October 18, 2008

Max Biaggi's first ride on the RSV4

At Valencia this past week Max Biaggi had his first outing on the Aprilia RSV4 he will race for the next two seasons in the Superbike World Championship. The two-day test was made possible thanks to the kind authorization of Marco Borciani's Sterilgarda Go Eleven team, with whom the Italian still has a contract for the remainder of this season.

Biaggi encountered damp conditions on the first day, which prevented him from getting to grips with the new four-cylinder Italian bike. The weather cleared up on day 2, and he was able to concentrate on getting the seating position, ride height and handlebar adjustments sorted out. He made frequent visits to the pits for technical debriefings with his future crew chief Giovanni Sandi and Aprilia engineer Gigi Dall'Igna.

Biaggi, who lapped on standard Pirelli SC3 road tyres, made no comments and no times were released from the tests.

His first official test with the Aprilia RSV4 will take place the week after the Portimao race on November 2 at the Algarve circuit.

(Photo courtesy of Vallespi)


Anonymous said...

IMO the RSV4 is a seriously amazing bike and ridden by Biaggi it stands a very good chance of doing well!

Anonymous said...

I am not so sure. I think Biaggi is pretty much done. He may develop the bike to a decent level but I think that is about it. He really has not shone much after getting decimated by Rossi in the Motogp series. Unfortunate but true.

Anonymous said...

Biaggi was good choice.
I see many opportunities in the RSV4.
The success would be deserved! I keep my fingers crossed!