Alan Cathcart gets to take Max Biaggis championship winning Aprillia RSV4 for a spin.  Photography By: Kel Edge.

Photography By: Kel Edge

Half a point. That was the minuscule margin of victory for Aprilia's Max Biaggi over Kawasaki's Tom Sykes in the 2012 World Superbike Championship - the closest ever finish in the 25-year history of the series.

In regaining the title he'd previously won for the Italian manufacturer in 2010 magic Max - aka the Roman Emperor - joined with his new-for-2012 teammate Eugene Laverty (who also won a race in Portimao) to regain the Manufacturers World crown for Aprilia. Consistency was the key to Biaggi's title challenge, with no less than six fourth places in a 27-race season that saw an amazing nine different race-winners, aboard five different makes of bike. Biaggi has now scored two world titles, 21 race wins, 70 podiums and five pole positions in World Superbike, as well as four 250cc GP world titles to boot, all but one of them with Aprilia.

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Alan Cathcart | European Editor

Cathcart has ridden practically every road racer and streetbike ever built and written about them in Cycle News. They don’t call him Sir Alan for nothing.

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