NURBURG, Germany – In near perfect riding conditions, Max Biaggi of Aprilia Racing Team set a track record of 1:53.855 seconds at the Nürburgring to secure his first Tissot-Superpole of the year and only the fifth of his career.
The 2010 World Champion was in superb form and set a lap time that even the 2012 king of Tissot-Superpole, Tom Sykes, could not beat, even after a few attempts.
“It was a very good lap time, and I’m happy for that because we’ve been working well all weekend. No rain, all sunshine and we have kept the work going,” said Biaggi. “This lap I pulled together and I’m happy with what I got. The top three in the championship are all here in the first row, I’m sure it will be difficult tomorrow but I’ll keep my head down and do my best.”
Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad Motorsport rode confidently to third place on the grid for Sunday’s eni FIM Superbike World Championship races. Eugene Laverty of Aprilia Racing Team joins the front row party in fourth, with Jonathan Rea of Honda World Superbike Team putting himself fifth.
Reigning champion Carlos Checa secured sixth place while a spirited series of laps throughout Superpole from Leon Camier puts him seventh. The last front row spot will go to Loris Baz.