The following release is from Alitalia Aprilia...The most intense weekend of the season begins for Max Biaggi and the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team. The Friday practice sessions at Imola are, as usual, dedicated to the search for the best feeling.Imola, 24 September 2010 - The weekend began today and, without a doubt, it is one of the most important of the season for the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team and its colours bearer, Max Biaggi. Both come to the Santerno looking down on their rivals in the respective rankings and they are making no bones about their desire to strengthen their hold on first place.In the first Friday tests Max is calm and focused on refining his RSV4 on one of the less hospitable tracks for the four cylinder Aprilia. The bumps and the poor condition of the asphalt demand a lot of work from the technicians, searching for grip and stability without compromising the manoeuvrability needed for quick changes in direction.The four time champion is candid about admitting to some problems: "Today was a more difficult Friday than usual. This is a new track and, in spite of the good results from last year, we have always had to work hard to find the right solution. Even after having done some tests here a few months ago, I'm still not completely comfortable and I'm not able to ride smoothly. If you add to that the progress that our adversaries have made, today's times are easily explained. There's nothing to be alarmed about - we simply need to work well as we always do and give our best. Nothing has been handed to us this season, much less now that the championship title is on the line. Unfortunately the weather doesn't seem to be helping either as we would have needed to do a lot of testing in stable conditions. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed."As already announced, Aprilia's second rider, Leon Camier will not be riding this weekend. Rehabilitation is going well after surgery on his right wrist due the crash on the Nurburgring and it looks positive for him in view of the next WSBK round at Magny Cours.