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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