A RETURN TO EXCEED ALL EXPECTATIONS: MAX BIAGGI IS IN THE LEAD IN THE FIRST TWO PRACTICE SESSIONS AT MISANO SBK
HASLAM IN FOURTH AND IMPROVING
TORRES FINISHES THE DAY IN SEVENTH PLACE JUST BEHIND THE LEADERS
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 19 June 2015 – It was expected to be a great return and a great return it was. On his return as a wild card in a World SBK round, Max Biaggi dominated the two free practice sessions on Friday.
Astride “his” Aprilia RSV4 - a bike that he has contributed to developing since it was introduced in 2009 and which he rode to win (the only Italian to do so) two SBK Rider World Championships – Biaggi astonished everyone by finishing the first morning session (FP1) with a time of 1’35.684. But the six-time World Champion improved even more in FP2, once again putting the best time on the sheets and improving on it with an amazing 1’35.380.
It was also a positive day for the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils regular championship riders. Leon Haslam worked hard on race pace, finishing with a strong fourth place at 1’35.652 on an extremely tight time sheet that has 10 riders grouped within just 7 tenths of a second. Jordi Torres, who is tackling the Adriatic circuit for the first time in World SBK, improved steadily during the day, finishing in seventh place at 1’35.966.