Biaggi set for Aprilia move.

Max Biaggi is on the verge of a switch to the Aprilia's new World Superbike team for 2009, with a deal set to be confirmed this weekend.

Having been snubbed by Ducati Xerox, Biaggi looks to have found a home at another Italian factory team after agreeing a two-year deal worth in excess of one million euros, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

Biaggi left MotoGP at the end of 2005 and joined for World Superbikes with Suzuki in 2007, then jumped to the satellite Sterilgarda Ducati squad for 2008. However, while his season has experienced several high points, he is yet to top the podium.

Even so, Biaggi remained the favourite to replace Troy Bayliss at the factory Ducati team, but with Noriyuki Haga now set to get the nod instead, the Italian will return to the brand he won three of his four consecutive 250GP world titles with.

Likely to be announced over the course of the Vallelunga World Superbike weekend, when Aprilia officially launches its new RSV-4 road bike in nearby Rome, it isn't known who will join Biaggi in the team, although testing duties have been carried out by Alex Hofmann, Alex Debon and Roberto Rolfo. Rolfo, in particular, is reported to have been posting very encouraging lap times recently.

Former Aprilia rider and BSB champion-elect Shane Byrne is also being linked with a move, although it remains to be seen whether he will stick with GSE Racing following decision to stay in the British Championship and switch to Yamahas

Aprilia last raced in World Superbike during the 2002 season.

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Nicko *

September 19, 2008 3:20 PM

Biaggi and Byrne: Sounds like a formidable combo to get the Aprilia program up to speed quickly. It'll be nice to add a V4 to the championship too. That'll make it 8 manufacturers in WSB once (if?) KTM joins in 2010. Nine, if MV Agusta puts some of that Harley Davidson money to good use :D Look out MotoGP?

DangerMouse - Unregistered

September 19, 2008 4:37 PM

The RSV Mille campaigned by Troy Corser was as competitive as any other bike - the double he scored at Valencia was one by a country mile. It was just unfortunate that the Dunlop tyre development couldn't keep up with the Michelin tyres used by the Factory Ducatis and Hondas.

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