MIDANO ADRIATICO, Italy — Max Biaggi took command of the eni FIM World Superbike championship race with a sweep of Sunday’s two races at Misano.
Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) rode from the third row to win the opener in a superb performance in front of his fellow Italian spectators. With many passes and changes being made all through the race Biaggi eventually had to ride hard at the end to defend from Althea Racing Ducati rider Carlos Checa, who finished second after starting 16th.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) secured a combative third place, with polesitter Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) fourth and longtime race leader Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team).
Biaggi secured a second victory in the finale, pulling clear after some early action with other riders and winning by a margin of 5.355 seconds.
“It was an unbelievable weekend, it was such a long time since my first win in Australia in February. Now we are back in first position and it’s great. This race was amazingly difficult, much sliding of the tires, chattering and it’s a difficult place to race at the top level,” said Biaggi. “I won these races that make me happy, one in the last two laps and the other when you take the lead and go. I can’t ask for more, thanks to all the boys who always try to help me win.”
Rea outran Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) in a battle for the second spot and Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) finished fourth. The top five riders were covered by only seven seconds at the flag.
Race one co-stars Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) and Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) each crashed out of race two.
Biaggi has 210.5 points with Rea second at 172.