Max Biaggi has cooled speculation that he is on the verge of making a shock one-off return to the World Superbike Championship as a wild-card entry at Monza.
The reigning champion retired at the end of his second title-winning season in 2012, but rumours of a possible return to action have been snowballing in recent weeks.
Fuelled by several ambiguous posts on his Twitter account, Biaggi's intentions were seemingly revealed by Dorna's World Superbike representative Gregorio Lavilla, who is quoted by Gazetta dello Sport as saying:
“Biaggi has asked us to do a wild card entry for Monza and of course we would be very happy to see the reigning World champion back in action in Italy and in the most fascinating event of the entire calendar.”
However, the Italian has taken to his account again to play down the rumours, stating 'The speculation of my return, I tell you that it is not in my plans. A lot of the words thrown, but the rider says no'.
Despite this, Biaggi remains a figure of speculation amongst the Italian press, with many insisting he will be on the grid at Monza, regardless of his dismissive statements.
Believed to have been approached for a return on home soil in an effort to boost television audience figures for new broadcasters Mediaset, which have been flagging in his absence so far this year, it remains to be seen which team or manufacturer would be behind a move.
Either way, it won't take long to know Biaggi's plans for certain as Monza represents the fourth round of the 2013 season on May 11/12, with a provisional entry list set to be published in little more than a week's time.