Quite a stir was made on Tuesday when news hit the interwebs (including on A&R) that an illegal fuel pump was found on Max Biaggi’s Aprilia RSV4 Factory race bike at Assen. With World Superbike regulations requiring that the fuel system be completely unmodified from stock, the story was two-fold as it appeared something about the #1 plated Aprilia was awry, and seemingly no penalty was levied by Race Direction.
Subsequent to this news Gigi Dall’Igna, Technical Director of Aprilia’s World Superbike program, has categorically denied anything illegal about Biaggi’s fuel pump, simply stating that the only difference between Biaggi’s pump and those on Camier and Haga’s RSV4’s was the number stamped on the side…which was different on every unit. In addition to this news, Infront Media Sports emailed Asphalt & Rubber last night, and further explained the situation, also explaining that no irregularities had been found on Biaggi’s race bike at the Dutch round.
FIM Technical Director Fabio Fazi has denied finding anything irregular on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory raced by Max Biaggi at the Assen round. Instead, the FIM asked for an explanation from Aprilia on the coding system the Italian company used on these units, as the FIM wished to better under the labeling that was printed on each of the fuel pumps. Fazi and his team found nothing wrong with the pumps though, and thus no corrective action was merited.
This news should put to bed the speculation about the Biaggi fuel pump issue, and again explains why the other manufacturers, who are notably keen on seeing Aprilia thrown under the bus, didn’t raise the issue while racing in The Netherlands. As the world turns WSBK fans…