Max Biaggi hit 203.1mph on his Aprilia RSV4 during the first practice session at Monza today, setting a new top speed record for World SBK racing. Incredibly, while that's the fastest-ever speed in SBK, it's not the fastest speed recorded by an RSV4 on the Italian circuit, that honor goes to Fabrizio Pellizzon, who hit 203.3mph on his Aprilia at a national superbike race last week. We're guessing the speed was the product of hard work on the part of Biaggi's mechanics and team and had nothing whatsoever to do with his astounding talent.
Update: Biaggi took his and Aprilia's first SBK superpole, hitting 205mph in the process and setting a new Monza lap record: 1:41:121, also...[spoiler alert].
[Spoiler alert continued] Biaggi won both races at Monza today, putting him in second position for the series behind Leon Haslam.