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

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

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renaultbikes - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 12:24 AM


Rossi-Biaggi rivalry had nothing to do at all with Doohan-Criville rivalry, lol (- I never knew there was one by the way...)

it was really an epic rivalry, very harsh, the main rivalry in motorcycle sports, and in Italy the main rivalry in all individual sports in the last 20 years

it was the first time in Italy you saw football-like rivalry and fans in a sport that wasn't football, (it was somehow similar to the cycling rivalry Coppi-Bartali in the epic 1930-1940)

Biaggi was a motorbike icon who was openly defied and smashed down by a bigger icon...
this was more evident in Italy, but given the world stage of the rivalry it was perceived throughout the world of motorbike racing

Paddles - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 12:45 AM

The Rossi/Biaggi rivalry had nothing to do with the Doohan/Criville rivalry, I was more making the point that the Rossi/Biaggi rivalry was just one of the many epic personal contests in the premier class over the years and was nothing particularly remarkable.

littlewingedfeat - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 1:31 AM

Watched Max for two decades,,,allegedly rode his first scooter when age 18, before that, all soccer, all the time. Max on the Aprilia 250 did embody the "Black Knight", plenty of argy-bargy, no quarters asked or given. At 57 years and a full time rider and former racer, i'm thrilled to have been a witness.

Paddles - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 1:38 AM

What can i say renaultbikes? Other than, you are not talking to someone who has only followed bike racing for a couple of years. Over the last few decades there have been many great rivalries in this sport. This is because there are only ever a couple of real title prospects in any one season. Over the last few seasons however, we have seen where even though there might only be a couple of true title contenders, there could be (depending on fitness) anywhere up to 4 potential race winners, this is way more exciting than just a contest between 2 guys. Anyway, I would argue that the hatred between Doohan and Criville and also Rossi and Gibernau was every bit as volatile as the fire between Rossi and Biaggi. Mick was the master of getting into people's heads and Valentino was his apprentice.

renaultbikes - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 1:53 AM

Criville was just the second ride of Doohan, Gibernau did good but never won a world championship in his life, nobody expected anything more from him

try to get real.
or ask Rossi.

True Fan - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 2:14 AM

There was a race where Biaggi crashed out. Barry Sheene, racing legend and commentator, as Max's bike cartwheeled itself to oblivion, quipped: "Cor, it'll take more than a can o'polish to sort that lot out!"

GMan - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 2:45 AM

Max Biaggi has been my hero for the last decade. He never won at the times I really wished he would, and I knew he deserved it. I enjoyed watching him because I could see that he had two rivals. One was Rossi, but another was the demons in his own mind that he struggled with. He, to me, is the greatest champion. It was because of Max, I developed a passion for motorbike riding. I will always respect Max Biaggi, and wish him well for his future with his family.

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

November 09, 2012 5:41 AM

Doohan & Criville? What? That wasn't rivalry, that was Doohan asserting his dominance. Rivalry is what Sheene had with Roberts, and Roberts with Spencer. Schwantz with Rainey. Biaggi and Rossi...rivalry, sure. Intense as the three above? Hardly. In the premier class there hasn't been rivalry like those three since Misano 1993. google that if you have to. There's plenty of footage out there on youtube of all three of those rivalries. Nothing since has come remotely close.

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