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World Superbike – SBK – Biaggi and Simoncelli bring more podiums for Aprilia
p style=margin-top: 0The 67,000 spectators present at the Imola circuit were able to watch a splendid performance by the Aprilia RSV4 which climbed onto the second podium slot with Max Biaggi in Race 1 and the third in Race 2 thanks to Marco Simoncelli. As confirmation of the great progress achieved at the end of the season, this is the first time that the RSV4 has taken both of its riders to the podium in the two separate races./p p style=margin-top: 0/p p style=margin-top: 0The two Ducatis took off like rockets followed by Max Biaggi's RSV4, with Byrne, Rea, Simoncelli and Spies immediately behind them. The Ducatis set the pace and Biaggi had difficulty sticking with them until halfway through the race when he began to lose ground because of some errors. Simoncelli took advantage of the situation and once he managed to shake off his competitors, he was able to catch up with Biaggi halfway through the race, passing him with the precision of a tightrope walker once he entered the last chicane. At this point an Aprilia battle began for third place, with Simoncelli giving his all and Biaggi behind, trying to catch up to him. In the end, the Romagnolo rider won out and crossed the finish line nine-tenths of a second ahead of the Rome rider securing his position on the third tier of the podium, just behind Fabrizio and Haga, during his debut in the top class of production derived bikes./p