MotoGP » Rossi, Lorenzo reflect on Max Biaggi's retirement


"We were great, great rivals for a long period" - Valentino Rossi.

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lean two

November 08, 2012 9:29 PM

One of the best rivalries of all time.... specially liked when Max elboded Rossi off the track... latter to have them trying to punch each other in the starewell to collect their trophies... that was an all time great race and great moment...

petrolbonce

November 08, 2012 9:53 PM

@lean two you really think that was a great race moment? It was one of the stupidest moves a rider has ever made in top flight motorcycle racing. Elbowing a rider onto the grass at high speed on an already dangerous circuit? Oh yes, what great racing. It puts the riding of the current crop of "bad boys" like Marquez into perspective.

And if the move itself wasn't stupid enough, the reasons he gave for it were even dumber. He actually claimed he stuck his elbow into the path of a rider overtaking him at speed for safety reasons.

That was the point I lost all respect for Biaggi. It said to me that he knew he was beaten and would go so far to save face that he didn't mind endangering the life of another rider.

dacron

November 08, 2012 10:31 PM

good time to retire , great rider , great career.
not surpring jlo clicks with max , after all get smart , max and agent 99.
so close to a motogp/500cc title but missed by this much.

Liam48

November 08, 2012 10:58 PM

What a year 2001 was to start watching MotoGP!

Those beautiful 500cc 2 strokes, the Rossi/Biaggi rivalry, the competitiveness of the Manufacturers and my favourite looking bike of all time the yellow Nastro Azzurro Honda.

As a 9 year old kid watching MotoGP for the first time was round 1 at Suzuka and that race had it all, elbow barging, the middle finger salute from Rossi to Biaggi and lots of passing. What an era that was.

Looking back on those days puts the current MotoGP to shame. There are no rivalries anymore, everyone is friends, the racing is pretty tame and I don't think the bikes are quite as good looking as they were especially after 2006.

Anyway for all us that could remember those days and the Rossi/Biaggi battles cherish them as we might not see anything like that in MotoGP for quite some time.

Paddles - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 11:31 PM

I couldn't stand Biaggi, but couldn't help but admire his ability. His rivalry with Rossi was really no different to many other rivalries over the years though, Doohan/Criville being another one that jumps to mind as well. The great rivalry of the modern 4 stroke era though is undoubtedly taking place right now amongst the aliens, and if Rossi can get back on the pace on the M1 it'll be very hectic at the front of the prototype pack next year.

the Deveioper - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 11:53 PM

Biaggi was with out doubt one of the best rider/developers in Gp Rossi really stole a march on his rival when he took over the bike that was being developed for Biaggi!! Biaggi was the true Doctor
Rossi Took over his bike in 2003 ......
Biaggi was a great racer I loved his expliots on the 250 Aprillia Its a pity Yamaha didn't get there act together until 2003 He will be remembered .......
Nobody seems to remember that Rossi took over his bike interesting ?? I didn't realise there was such a large gap in age Biaggi 41 eight years biaggi obviously stayed in 250's for too long

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