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Biaggi 'contained the damage'

Max Biaggi was "disappointed" not to capitalise further on Marco Melandri's Nurburgring crashes despite retaking the lead in the title race.

Having lost the lead in the Championship to the BMW rider at the last round in Moscow, Biaggi fought back at the Nurburging this past weekend.

The Aprilia rider claimed pole position and followed that up with the victory in Sunday's opening race, pasing Tom Sykes for the lead, after Melandri had crashed out earlier.

"In Race One I got off to a good start and then Sykes set a mad pace. When I saw him starting to slow I risked overtaking," Biaggi revealed.

"I thought maybe it was a strategy he was using, but then the gap widened so I pushed hard until the chequered flag came out."

The Italian was keen to put in a repeat performance in Race Two but that came to naught when he lost his Aprilia under braking for the NGK chicane on the opening lap.

"It was a shame about the crash in the first lap of Race Two. I braked without overdoing it, but then I hit a bump and I couldn't do anything about the slide.

"I'm disappointed because after that I was riding well with a leading pace."

Biaggi, though, did return to the action and went on to finish P13, bagging a further three points towards his title quest, giving him a 9.5pt advantage over Melandri, who also record a DNF in Race Two.

"Given what had happened, we contained the damage and we're leaving the Nürburgring with the leadership. It could have been worse, but we could also have done a repeat of the good result in Race One.

"In Portimao we'll be starting almost from scratch. The battle is close, but we'll be in it until the end."


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