Friday, September 19, 2008

World Superbikes: Max Biaggi to join Aprilia in 2009


Biaggi, who won three 250cc GP world championships with Aprilia in the mid-1990s, will again race for Aprilia in 2009 and 2010, in World Superbikes. Go for it Max!


Some pics of Max over the years, racing for Aprilia, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati

Yes, the long-standing rumour has now been confirmed – Max ‘The Roman Emperor’ Biaggi is joining Aprilia and he will be riding the RSV 4 in 2009 and 2010. According to some Italian newspaper reports, Biaggi, who won three world championships in the 250cc GP class with Aprilia in the mid-1990s, has re-signed with Aprilia for about US$1.5 million.

Now 37 years old, Max is a seasoned campaigner, having raced two-stroke 125s, 250s and 500s, and four-stroke 990s in MotoGP, before moving to World Superbikes, riding for Suzuki in 2007 and then Ducati this year. As a bike racer, his talent is redoubtable, though it’s often been said that Biaggi can be whimsy and eccentric when things are not going his way.

Should Aprilia have gone with a younger rider? In his late-30s, does Biaggi still have it in him to win races on a brand-new bike, which is likely to require a fair bit of development work before it can start winning? Well, all will be revealed next year. But in the meanwhile, we do wish him all the very best for 2009 – go out there Max and show ’em you can still do it!


A video of Max Biaggi's glory days in the 250cc GP class, with Aprilia

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