Determined, precise in every indication and methodical: for Max Biaggi time seems to have stopped. Physically fit and well supported by a team of mechanics that he knows inside and out, the Corsair continued his work as test rider astride an Aprilia RSV4 Superbike at Vallelunga. The World Champion bike already confirmed its winning pedigree at the first round of the season in Australia, taking Leon Haslam to a win to lead the championship standings as well as taking the top spot in the Manufacturer standings. But “development - the six-time World Champion loves to repeat - must never stop.”
The three days of testing on the circuit just outside of Rome had the Aprilia Test Team working on the 2015 version of the RSV4 in search of further advancements that will benefit Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres, the official riders in the factory derivative world championship.
Thanks to decidedly favourable weather, with temperatures coming close to 18°C, the testing schedule went off without a hitch, touching on various technical aspects. The electronics, the feather in the cap for the racing department from Veneto, underwent a fine tuning operation aimed at enhancing the peculiarities of the RSV4 in terms of tyre management and performance enhancements in view of the next championship round on the Thai Buriram track. As for the chassis setup, another one of the RSV4's strong points, new configurations were tested in an effort to place Biaggi more at ease (the desire for maximum speed is in the Roman rider's DNA) as well as to give the mechanics working in the World Superbike championship a few pointers.
Test rider Daniele Veghini was also in the Aprilia garage, for his part working on a series of tests with the RSV4 RF production bike. For Max it was a question of making the Superbike faster and more fine tuned, whereas Veghini had the task of finding ways to continuously improve the performance of the street legal version that is available for purchase by any enthusiast.
Assisted by Marino Laghi, Max Biaggi finished the three days with 137 laps on the sheets.
"Lapping by myself here at Vallelunga was an emotional experience for me - Max Biaggi said - This is the track where I started my career and where I later announced my retirement from racing, so it is a special feeling. But I had to put my sentimentality to the side quickly because there was work to be done! As always there are a lot of tests to do. Development on the 2015 RSV4 is in its most demanding phase and it's up to me and the guys on the Test Team to provide the right indications. I am working with a group of people that I know very well so it's easy for me to convey my feelings to them. We were able to get some good work done. We tested various solutions, some of which led to beneficial changes and others that still need to be assessed, as was to be expected with tests like these ones. It goes without saying that I had fun. When I get on a bike there is always a sort of switch that comes on and gives me positive feelings."