Biaggi tops first practice in Misano

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 19 Jun 2015

Biaggi topped the first session

Max Biaggi fired a warning shot at his younger contemporaries this morning by setting the fastest time in the first free practice session at Misano by over half a second.

The twice World Superbike champion returns from retirement this weekend for a wildcard entry at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and his pace this morning shows he certainly means business.

Biaggi’s time of 1’35.684 was some 0.529 seconds faster than second-placed Chaz Davies and just over a second off Tom Sykes’ outright lap record at the San Marino track.

Leading the way from the start of the session, Biaggi remained on top for the full 45 minutes, improving his initial lap time by over two seconds.

The veteran’s pace will worry those challenging Jonathan Rea for the title. With the Northern Irishman leading the championship by such a huge margin (124pts), the last thing his rivals need is a wildcard taking away valuable points.

It will also concern Aprilia regulars Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam, who could only manage  7th and 9th fastest respectively. 

WORLD SUPERBIKES – MISANO – FREE PRACTICE 1

  1. Max Biaggi – Aprilia – 1’35.684
  2. Chaz Davies – Ducati – 1’36.156
  3. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki – 1’36.201
  4. Markus Reiterberger – BMW – 1’36.240
  5. Sylvain Guintoli – Honda – 1’36.343
  6. Tom Sykes – Kawasaki – 1’36.425
  7. Jordi Torres – Aprilia – 1’36.456
  8. Alex Lowes – Suzuki – 1’36.460
  9. Leon Haslam – Aprilia – 1’36.655
  10. Ayrton Badovini – BMW – 1’36.771 

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