Biaggi double team triumph for Aprilia at Portimao

Max BiaggiMax Biaggi’s first double victory in the Superbike World Championship came after two tense and exciting races at the Portimao circuit in Portugal.

A mistake just four laps before the end of the race seemed to have compromised Biaggi’s run to a second win of the day. In the span of one curve, he found himself relegated to third place, having been passed by both Haslam and Crutchlow. The Roman’s desire to win was exceptional however, and he immediately regained ground on the Yamaha man and took off after Haslam, whom he managed two pass just two laps before the end of the race. Resisting the Suzuki’s attempt to regain the lead, Biaggi crossed the finish line in first place.

Not since 1998 has an Italian rider (Pierfrancesco Chili at Kyalami) won a double victory on an Italian motorcycle. With these two wins Biaggi moves up to second place in the world classification with 69 points, behind his rival Haslam (85 points).

“It’s a pleasure to be back on top after the problems we had in Australia,” said Biaggi. “We’ve improved with respect to last year. The pace was a bit slower in Race 2 and we were all quite close. It was really a great battle with a lot of passes and a few mistakes. I’m really very happy for this dual victory because it is truly a great outcome, both for me and my team, as well as Aprilia, which is really doing a great job.”

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