Biaggi warns Aprilia team
Italian wary of rivals in Brno
Last Updated: July 19, 2012 3:30pm
Max Biaggi: Has a 48-point lead
Eni FIM Superbike World Championship leader Max Biaggi has warned his Aprilia team they cannot afford to rest on their laurels ahead of this weekend's round at Brno.
The Italian, the 2010 world champion, has a 48-point lead at the top of the standings after winning three of the last four races at Misano and Aragon.
He now heads to the Czech Republic and a track where he has always gone well.
Biaggi has won in every class of racing he has competed in at Brno, giving him 11 in total.
But with the BMW of Marco Melandri also currently in a strong vein of form, the 'Roman Emperor' says there will be no let up as he chases a second world crown.
"Arriving at Brno as points leader certainly adds pressure," he said.
"This year, more than any other, we have battled and earned every result, against strong rivals and seasoned teams.
"The 11 wins I've taken here do not provide any certainties. Even if this is a track where we have always been strong we cannot delude ourselves.
"The improvements our adversaries have made are quite clear. We will have to give it our all and make no mistakes."
Britain's Jonathan Rea, meanwhile, heads to Brno with a spring in his step.
The Honda rider has got married since the last round in Aragon, and is in confident mood as he looks to close the gap on Biaggi from his current third place in the championship.
He said: "It's been quite busy since Aragon - getting married and moving house - so I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend.
"I love the circuit at Brno and I had my first ever world championship race win there, on a Honda in 2008 in World Supersport. It seems to be a track that I bond with pretty good."