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PIC: Max Biaggi rides Pramac Ducati

This picture shows Max Biaggi completing his first MotoGP laps since 2005, during day one of a private Ducati test at Mugello on Thursday.

The former grand prix star and double World Superbike champion spent his premier-class career with Yamaha and Honda.

The two-day Ducati test thus marks the Italian's first appearance on a Desmosedici and also Bridgestone tyres.

Biaggi, who retired from racing at the end of last season, is riding the machine of Ben Spies - prompting speculation that he may replace the injured Texan in upcoming races.

However Pramac state “at the moment” there are no plans beyond this test and that Ducati development rider Michele Pirro will replace Spies in Catalunya next weekend.

No lap times were released for day one of testing, which was interrupted by rain. Biaggi, plus Ducati racers Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone are due back on track tomorrow (Friday).

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June 07, 2013 8:33 AM

A little selective history there folks. When Biaggi first got the M1 it was a 940 with carbs, gradually climbing to 990 over it's first year. Everyone had problems with it, not just Max who managed a number of podiums and wins on it, more than anyone else. Fusuwara and his team knew there were big problems and the redesign was well under way before Rossi even signed.


June 07, 2013 8:47 AM

@fallingbomb No doubt that's from one of the many "Mr Stoner" copycat facebook pages.....1"49.8 was Crazy Joe's lap time. Max hasn't ridden a MotoGP bike since 05...they've changed a bit since then. Plus the Ducati is not the best behaved bike in the paddock...

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