Without giving too much away about this weekend’s WSBK race, Max Biaggi clinched the World Superbike Championship at Imola this weekend. For fans in Italy, this moment is being celebrated heavily, as an Italian rider, on an Italian bike, during an Italian race, has clinched a major championship title. For Biaggi fans, this title has been a long-time in the making, as The Emperor hasn’t won a championship title since his 250GP days.
While some will mire Aprilia’s dominance in the latter-half of the season with debate surrounding the RSV4’s controversial gear-driven camshaft upgrade, the fact of the matter remains that the Noale factory was able to produce a winning platform during a recession that sent other manufacturers into hiding, which has only made the Aprilia RSV4 stand out that much more on showroom floors. Congratulazioni Max e Aprilia!
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