WSBK » Max Biaggi announces retirement


Newly crowned double World Superbike champion Max Biaggi announces retirement.

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grantrd - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:10 PM

Mosquito...the fact that he won 4 250 titles in a row against some of the best 250 riders(who themselves won championships) and on two different manufacturers during the most competitive 250 era makes him the greatest 250 rider ever...end of

And another fact: Max, rossi and stoner are the only guys in the four stroke motogp era to win races on two different manufacturers of bike...that's pretty special!

RonM - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 3:53 PM

I have to admit that I'm not a Biaggi fan,that said I think he has made the right decision.He has had a few scary crashes and made some silly mistakes over the last couple of years which fortunately he and others involved have got away with.he really hasn't got to prove anything best way to retire is at the top.I'm sure he is alot more use to his family as he is and not crippled or disabled or worse,well done Max enjoy your family and your retirement there were others that could not.

Marc - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 4:20 PM

Sad news in a way as I was looking forward to seeing him battle next season. But happy news for him as he's retiring a champion still capable of winning. He's had a great career and only wished they didn't blackball him from MotoGP as it would have been nice to see him battle Rossi for awhile longer. Interesting to see that he's the only Italian to win the WSB championship and only rider to win GP and WSB championships. Glad to see he's healthy and wish him and his family a great retirment for a great rider. His passion and racecraft will be missed.

Marc - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 4:28 PM

Slider where did you hear that he was offered the Factory Panigale and Ducati MotoGP ride? It's likely he would have continued racing with Aprilia for their loyalty and efforts if he decided to continue racing.

siouxscalper - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 4:29 PM

@RonM

What silly mistakes did he make in 2011? he crashed only ONCE in Salt Lake City. He missed 3 races because of injury, but he wasn't for a crash, he got injured by some object hitting his foot while he was riding.

2012 he had four crashes, 2 on the rain, still very unusual for him, mostly I think it was because of pressure, I think he felt he was his last year... and he really wanted this championship.
The only crash he involved someone was Haslam in Moscow. So I wouldn't use the plural "others involved"

Having said that, I agree retirement was the right choice

cheers

siouxscalper - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 4:31 PM

@Marc

la Gazzetta dello Sport said that, Batta offered him a contract with Ducati. But Max's chosen option to continue was with Aprilia, he had the contract ready to sign... but he didn't.

Marc - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 5:20 PM

Sioux thanks for the clarification and source.

Shamarone intersting you note about Max's fans. I unfortunately didn't get a chance to see Max in his 125/250 GP days but did get to watch some of Rossi's earlier GP class rides and was impressed. Hence became his fan when he entered the 500GP class and less of a fan of Max's for his whining but respected his fighting desire and race craft/skills. But thought he was unjustly blackballed by Honda and other teams in Motogp but was happy when he landed in WSB. As his attitude changed but desire and ability maintained he won me over as a fan. He's been a great champion and thank him for the memories and wish him mu

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