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Biaggi clarifies Rossi 'Copperfield' comment

21 February 2013

Max Biaggi has clarified comments in which he compared former MotoGP arch rival Valentino Rossi to the magician David Copperfield.

Biaggi, whose on and off-track battles with Rossi lit up the final seasons of 500cc and start of the new MotoGP era, was quoted as saying:

"Valentino Rossi is like Copperfield! After two bad seasons [at Ducati] he managed to get the world champion winning bike."

Writing on his official Twitter account Biaggi - who retired as a double World Superbike champion at the end of last year and is now a WSBK commentator on Italian TV - insisted he had not been criticising the former seven time MotoGP champion.

"Saying Rossi is like Copperfield was meant to be a compliment. Only a magician like him could recover so well after two years that were so difficult. Getting back on the world championship winning Yamaha with Lorenzo was anything but easy. I wish them both good luck."

Reigning double MotoGP champion Lorenzo is a long-time fan, and now friend, of Biaggi.