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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