28 May 12 - WSBK Round 6: Miller Motorsports Park, United States


The United States was the venue for yet another great Superbike race. Two spectacular races which saw the Aprilia Racing Team grab valuable points thanks to Max Biaggi's double podium finishes in race 1 and 2. As the laps went by, not even oil left on the track by Aoyama's bike was enough to compromise Max's concentration, determined to get a result and increase his top ranking positioning in the championship with an 18 point advantage over the nearest contender.

"Two good races - commented Max Biaggi - even if the hectic initial phases made us lose a lot of ground. I was able to recover well and make it to the third step of the podium, but unfortunately overtaking and battling for positions means that you can't lap the way you could on an open track. We are leaving the United States ahead in the standings, but the last few races have shown how BMW and Honda have been improving. We need to improve our bike as well, because our rivals' progress is clear".

The sun at Miller Motorsports Park created some unexpected difficulties for Eugene Laverty, who appeared competitive during the practice sessions in lower temperatures. The rider from Toomebridge was unable to find the right feeling straight away in the new track conditions and had to settle for crossing under the chequered flag in fifth and sixth place.

Eugene couldn't hide his disappointment and went on to say: "It was not a good day for me. To be honest my expectations were much higher. After the test session all the conditions were there to aim for the podium. Unfortunately in the higher temperatures I wasn't able to find the right feeling with my RSV4, which is not an uncommon problem when you're riding a new bike. In any case, points are important, especially since I'm continuing to learn and this will be helpful for the races to come".