2015 Misano World Superbike FP1 Results: Biaggi Means Business

Max Biaggi, inspired by Troy Bayliss, returned to World Superbike this weekend and set the fastest time in the opening session as a wildcard on an Aprilia. As the fourth former World Superbike champion to compete this year, he was expected to match Bayliss's performance and instead dominated the session ahead of Chaz Davies, the only man able to better him at any point in the session, and Jonathan Rea, runaway championship leader. Biaggi led the field by over four tenths of a second.

Wildcard Markus Reiterberger was fourth quickest on a BMW. Reiterberger is the 2013 IDM (the International German Superbike championship) champion and current German championship leader. 


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 3 M. BIAGGI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'35.684   274,1
2 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'36.156 0.472 266,7
3 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.201 0.517 269,3
4 11 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'36.240 0.556 266,7
5 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'36.343 0.659 262,8
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.425 0.741 267,3
7 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.456 0.772 270,7
8 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.460 0.776 266,0
9 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.655 0.971 268,7
10 86 A. BADOVINI BMW S1000 RR 1'36.771 1.087 267,3
11 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 1'36.812 1.128 263,4
12 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 1'36.836 1.152 262,8
13 59 N. CANEPA Ducati Panigale R 1'37.214 1.530 265,4
14 99 L. SCASSA Ducati Panigale R 1'37.243 1.559 264,1
15 44 D. SALOM Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.481 1.797 263,4
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.655 1.971 263,4
17 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 1'37.742 2.058 262,8
18 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.570 2.886 262,1
19 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.583 3.899 254,7
20 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.113 4.429 252,3
21 45 G. VIZZIELLO Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.211 4.527 252,9
22 75 G. RIZMAYER BMW S1000 RR 1'42.201 6.517 257,1


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I was checking the live timing on the Superbike website around the 3rd lap, kept watching in amazement and he hasn't been off the top spot once...
Even though he probably has ridden there recently and he is a test rider for Aprilia, this is mighty impressive. And almost half a second faster than the rest...

I'm really curious to see how the rest of the weekend will unfold! Sure he must lose some testing advantage he has, but he is SERIOUSLY fast. And he has taken the double here in 2010 and 2012, so he seems to like the track, one could say.

So eh... Who is the oldest podium finisher in Superbikes so far..? Rob Phillis maybe? But even he was not 43, I think.
All of a sudden a top three finish does not seem impossible... Then again, it's only FP1. A lot can change of course. But whatever happens next, this one is brilliant.

Well, I must have taken my eyes off the screen while talking to a mate on the phone about this very practice session, because I missed the moment that Davies was fastest. Should have better read the report above too. Well, Biaggi didn't take long to strike back for sure.
Lots of messages on my phone from mates afterwards too, the old man sure is creating extra interest. Good!

Chaz was quickest for about two minutes very early on but then Max took the top spot. After that, Davies was quickest for about twenty seconds before Biaggi took it back and never let go.

maybe too much :)... Seriously did he test here in the past weeks ? Wish the "old man" all the best though, it's a feel good story.

Huge Biaggi fan, but I thought for sure he would be fighting lower down the order. Looking at last years times, If he can string 20 of those laps together, he'll be in with a huge shout for a podium or better

Forza Biaggi!

Was this a scheduled appearance or did Dorna read David's Heroes and Villans and decide to go all swashbuckly in order to shiver some timbers in a salty sea dog of a championship?
Either way, bloody master stroke!!

They needed to herald the return of the Dick Dastardly of motorsport by giving him the number Double Zero. 

*twirls moustache*

Its not often, in fact, can't remember a time when I did laugh out loud when reading a post on Motomatters.

Jared Earle's Double-Zero post made me spit my coffee all over my keyboard! :)

Throw this guy on the GP bike!
I'm blown away. Obviously the guy is talented, but this?! How can you just show up one weekend and lead the board?! Obviously he's been testing but STILL. This is unreal! Awesome to see.
Melandri must be praying they switch places

Great come back, makes the race even more interesting!

...to continue Jared's thread- our dog's called Muttley as well, it's great! In fact the more I think about this, the more I feel it's engineered- for all the right reasons. When GP machinery was available over, admittedly, a fairly exotic counter, you could traipse off to your local GP or international and see wild cards all the time. You could also see Fast Freddie, Steady Eddie, Rainey, Schwantz et al turn up for the Transatlantic until Freddie got hurt in '84 at Donington and Honda said 'that's enough-GPs only from now on'
So we've pretty much been starved of this kind of irresponsible behaviour, was it really over five years ago that Simoncelli nerfed team leader Maximus Naughtius out of the final hairpin at Imola? So, here's my wildcard requests for the near future...

MOTO 3 Alessandro Gramigni
MOTO 2 Manual Poggialli
MOTOGP Sete Gibernau
WSS Stephane Chambon (Bon)
WSB Already sorted this weekend but I'll have Chili, Merkel, Roche or Phyllis whenever please.
BSB Gregorio Lavilla or Chris Walker- oops, sorry, he's still there!
BSS John Crawford

Right, I'm off for a sit in my leather chair with my smoking jacket and glass of tawny port...