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Rossi talks Biaggi retirement

When Biaggi finally got his chance of a full factory Honda ride in 2005, he finished the year without a win for the first time as a grand prix rider. The fallout from a deteriorating relationship with Honda then left Biaggi without a ride for 2006, as HRC and others refused to supply machinery for the Roman.

Rossi certainly wasn't alone in clashing with Biaggi, but like most riders he acknowledged the #3's exceptional abilities. Rossi perhaps also realised that without Biaggi to beat, many of his own premier-class victories would have been of less significance.

"It's a shame that Biaggi can't be in MotoGP this year. He has been a great and strong rider," said Rossi at the start of 2006.

After a year on the side-lines Biaggi returned rejuvenated in the 2007 World Superbike Championship, winning his first race - just as he had in 500cc - and eventually claiming two titles with Aprilia, to add to his four 250cc crowns.

The latest Biaggi led the 500cc/MotoGP championship standings was round 11 of 14 during his debut 1998 season (with Honda) eventually won by Mick Doohan.

It was not lost on Biaggi that, while Rossi has struggled in recent seasons - without a MotoGP title since 2009 and winless since 2010 - Biaggi has recently enjoyed some of the most successful years of his career.

Biaggi won the 2012 WSBK title by just half-a-point from Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.


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gamepass - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 8:42 PM

something that younger fans usually don't know (and the media usually forget), is that in that in the past 250cc (or 125cc and lower) where not viewed as steps to the 500cc, they weren't created for young riders or talents that had then to move up... they were categories on their own. there were plenty of specialists that made an entire career in the lower cc classes. (Nieto, Gresini...) and there were famous 500cc rider who also wanted to win in 250.. like Freddie Spencer, because they were simply two different championships worth winning... i remember well that Biaggi said "I had a crazy idea for next year", when he moved to the 500cc. class with the Kanemoto Honda... it was different days. (i think the current Dorna championship started his decline when they had the retarded idea to put an age limit to the 125cc making it like a junior class with no value...) anyway, back to Max, one of the greatest bike racer of the last 20 years, and one of best bike racer story ever, plenty

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