Biaggi to make Aprilia debut.

Max Biaggi will make his debut on the Aprilia RSV4, which he will race in the 2009 World Superbike Championship, during a private test on Tuesday and Wednesday at Valencia.

The Roman has been given permission to test for his future team by current employer Sterilgarda Ducati, but is unable to publically comment on the new V4-powered machine until after the conclusion of the 2008 season, at Portimao on November 2.

"[Tuesday] will be my debut on the Aprilia," Max wrote on his official website. "I want to say thanks to my Sterilgarda Team that has approved this test before the end of the Championship. Thank you!

"I write you these few lines to tell you that I cannot make any declaration regarding the test, so you will have to wait the end of the championship.

"We will be on track for two days and then I will come back home waiting for the last GP of the year in Portugal. The tests will immediately continue in Portimao after the race and in particular 4th and 5th of November."

Biaggi sits sixth in the 2008 WSBK standings heading into the season finale. The Italian's 2009 Aprilia team-mate is still to be announced.

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sleepglue - Unregistered

October 14, 2008 7:45 PM

I think it says alot about the Sterilgarda team, and their sense of sportsmanship, that they extended the permission for this test. I don't know how unusual such a move is, but I'd say it shows them in a pretty good light.

Bike Abuser - Unregistered

October 15, 2008 1:19 PM

How can you diss Biaggi at being a crap development rider when for the majority of his career he has been on Satellite machines, apart from the years he was with Yamaha when he turned the nail M1 that Kocinski and others had supposedly developed into a race winning machine, then when he left it never won another race until God and Burgess got hold of it. The Repsol year was a complete disaster because HRC insisted he used a mickey mouse chassis compared with the tried and tested one that Haydon was using, so he wasn't allowed to do any development, and when he told them that they were going in the wrong direction (or telling them to stick it up their ring, whichever you prefer)he was pushed.

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