Max Biaggi on the verge of securing a slice of history with a top 12 finish
If Max Biaggi guides his Camel Pramac Honda Pons RC211V across the finish line in the first twelve positions this weekend in the Arnette Africa´s Grand Prix, then the Italian will become the highest ever points scorer in the history of GP racing.
The former multi-250 title winner lies only four points behind Mick Doohan with a grand total of 2294 accrued since he made his World Championship debut in the 250 class back in 1991. A race result of 12th or higher will nudge him to the top.
The ´Roman emperor´ gained second place at the opening race in Suzuka after switching back to Honda from Yamaha in the off-season.
`I made a good start in Suzuka and I hope to continue like this and improve,´ he commented before travelling to South Africa. ´A second place finish with a new bike and a new team is not bad at all in a very competitive year. It's clear that I will give my all throughout the Championship as this is my character. I like the Welkom circuit and I have good memories of it with my first victory with Yamaha. I hope that the track conditions are good this year and that it is not too dirty.
Loris Caprirossi, now riding for Ducati and giving the Italian manufacturer their first GP podium since 1972 with third place at Suzuka two weeks ago, could also be set to move up the career points standings. The Italian and ex 125 and 250 World Champion lies third overall only 224 points behind Biaggi. The next active rider in the list is Valentino Rossi, in eighth place, trailing his countryman and great rival by 438 points.