Biaggi wins World Superbike Championship

Max Biaggi and the Aprilla team celebrate their world title

Max Biaggi and the Aprilla team celebrate their world title

Italian Max Biaggi has secured the World Superbike Championship at his home track at Imola – his fifth world title in total, adding to his fourth 250cc crowns.

After a long two wheel career, Biaggi sealed the crown with an 11th and fifth place in the two races at Imola, becoming the first Italian to win the World Superbike title.

The fifth place in Race 2 for the flamboyant Aprilia Alitalia rider was enough to ward off the challenge of Leon Haslam.

“I’m so happy, it’s a big emotion through all my body,” the 39-year-old  said.

“This is fantastic. It’s like a dream come true, I never stopped to dream to make it happen.”

Ducati rider Carlos Checa won both races at the famous Italian circuit.

At one stage, it had looked like Biaggi would have to wait until the final round next week at Magny Cours, France, to officially claim the title after his 11th place in Race 1. Suzuki’s Haslam needed to finish ahead of Biaggi in Race 2 to keep the title alive, but after a mistake, then an engine failure his challenge.

2010 Standings Riders – FIM Superbike World Championship

Pos Rider Bike Points
1. MAX BIAGGI APRILIA 413
2. LEON HASLAM SUZUKI 350
3. JONATHAN REA HONDA 288
4. CARLOS CHECA DUCATI 274
5. CAL CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 239
6. NORIYUKI HAGA DUCATI 238
7. JAMES TOSELAND YAMAHA 187
8. SYLVAIN GUINTOLI SUZUKI 184
9. MICHEL FABRIZIO DUCATI 169
10. TROY CORSER BMW 165
11. LEON CAMIER APRILIA 164
12. SHANE BYRNE DUCATI 154
13. RUBEN XAUS BMW 96
14. TOM SYKES KAWASAKI 93
15. JAKUB SMRZ APRILIA 89
16. LORENZO LANZI DUCATI 83
17. LUCA SCASSA DUCATI 70
18. MAX NEUKIRCHNER HONDA 47
19. ROGER LEE HAYDEN KAWASAKI 10
20. CHRIS VERMEULEN KAWASAKI 10
21. BROC PARKES HONDA 9
22. JOSHUA BROOKES HONDA 6
23. MATTEO BAIOCCO KAWASAKI 6
24. IAN LOWRY KAWASAKI 4
25. FEDERICO SANDI APRILIA 3
26. SHERIDAN MORAIS APRILIA 3
27. ANDREW PITT BMW 3
28. FABRIZIO LAI HONDA 2

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