Things have become complicated - Biaggi
Max Biaggi is looking to continue his record of being the only rider to have scored in every WSBK race this season but admits it's not that easy running at the front.
Although the Aprilia rider has just one victory to his name this season, having won the opening race at Phillip Island, he is currently leading the riders' Championship with 128.5 points, five ahead of Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.
However, the Roman Emperor admits it won't be easy holding onto his lead as the competition at the front is very tight.
"This year things have become complicated," Biaggi said.
"There are more contenders for the podium and staying up front has become more and more difficult.
"We have the potential to do it, if we get off on the right foot straight away."
And Biaggi is eager to do just that when he tackles the Miller Motorsport Park this weekend for round six of the Championship.
"The race in the USA is always a special round because it's different than the classic structure of the European rounds," he said.
"I like this track. It's very technical and the fact that we have always had good results here attests to that."
Biaggi, though, will face some stiff competition from reigning World Champion Carlos Checa.
The Ducati rider, who had a disappointing weekend at the previous outing at Donington, is 23 points off the pace and is determined to make up ground on a track where many are predicting he'll be the one to beat.
"I have always enjoyed the atmosphere at Miller, the people, the mountains, the layout of the track itself," Checa said.
"The track suits my riding style and I have many great memories thanks to the results I've obtained there these last years.
"At Donington we lost ground in the classification and so definitely need a strong weekend now."