Max Biaggi has given the strongest hint yet that he will re-sign with Aprilia for the 2013 World Superbike Championship by saying he would like to see out his career with the Italian manufacturer.
The 41-year-old currently heads the 2012 World Superbike Championship standings but is yet to have put pen to paper on a deal for next season, sparking rumours that Ducati is courting him to ride its much anticipated new 1199 Panigale.
However, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport
Biaggi has dismissed returning to the manufacturer with whom he competed in a semi-privateer capacity in 2008 after he was passed over for the opportunity to join the factory Ducati team in 2009.
With this in mind, 2010 WSBK champion Biaggi feels his career will be concluded at Aprilia, having now won now won four world titles across the racing classes, though he has no plans to quit as yet.
“I'd like to finish my career with them [Aprilia],” he told the Italian publication. “It's the mutual respect and affection that ties me to them. You can't forget that we won four World championships together, but there are a lot variables in play, but the economic aspect isn't that important.”
“I haven't even thought of stopping even a second, continuing is an absolute certainity and Ducati is definitely not in my plans. If I continue to race an Italian marque it will be Aprilia.”
Biaggi has led the 2012 World Superbike Championship standings since the third round at Assen, though his margin at the head of the leaderboard has been shrunk by the fast-approaching Marco Melandri, the BMW rider now just 10.5 points adrift with four rounds remaining.