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Michael Guy  says:

Biaggi retires from racing

Six time world champion Max Biaggi has announced that he will retire from racing. The 41 year old Italian addressed a packed press conference in Vallelunga in his native city of Rome this morning where he revealed his decision to stop racing. Biaggi has enjoyed a spectacular career than has spanned over two decades competing in 250GP, 500GP, MotoGP and WSB....

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Birchyn

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Birchyn says:

Pretty sure Guintoli will sign, after all he ripped up a contract at Suzuki for Aprillia

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adrenalin

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adrenalin says:

It certainly does not throw the team into turmoil as suggested.

It appears that it is pretty much a done deal that Althea will run the 'official' Aprilia team next year. They already have David Guiliano signed to the team and Aprilia have Laverty on a factory contract so that would take care of both slots in the team.

Guintoli looks likely to ride for Alstare next year, who are pretty sure to run the 'official' Ducati team with him and Checa. 

'Factory'  teams seem convinced that masquerading as privateer teams is the way forward in WSB? probably saves them a few quid and they can drop them like a stone at the end of the season when they decide to leave!

 

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

Guintoli.

I thought he'd just signed to ride the Ducati with Checa!..Another ripped up contract maybe?...

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revnev7

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revnev7 says:

AT THE TOP.....

        That`s the best time to retire,some just carry on for the money,{ wether they need it or not },and in the vain hope that they can be winner`s again. Well done Max,still the ultimate 250 racer that i`ve ever seen!

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wak1309

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wak1309 says:

Like him or loathe him....

Nobody can deny his talent?

I was never a Biaggi fan due to his seeming arrogance towards fellow racers that should have a very healthy mutual respect to each other!!

Hated the fact that he beat our own Tom Sykes by that 1/2 point, but a Championship is won over a season so credit where it's due.

Thanks for the entertainment Max. Have a long and happy retirement!

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Crying shame..

..that we never got to see Max on an 800 because of poxy GP politics. 

OK, he was a bit up his own arse and could moan for Italy, but..it didn't do Stoner any harm did it?

Second thoughts..it did. Retired at 27 with his head a shed.

Biaggi was better than Pedrosa and would have been an alien on the right kit.

14 years man and boy in GP. Never lower than 5th. Four time 250 champ, won his first race on a 500 and came 2nd in that debut season. He had Doohan worried up until that dodgy disqualification at Catalunya..three races from the end. Runner-up to Val on a 990M1, twice 3rd on the RCV..then two more WC for Aprilia in WSB.

A six time world champ during a 20+ year racing career.

God bless ya Max..you've earned a very happy retirement.   

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doctorfrank

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doctorfrank says:

Viva Max

Sad to see him go but over the moon he's retired at the top,that must take some balls after just securing his 2nd WSB crown. Been watching the roman emperor since he started, his talent cannot be questioned,best move I've seen him make was going under romboni at the last corner at hockenheim on the 250 aprilia then commented 'This is not a classical music concerto' or something to that effect. Happy retirement Max.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Massimilliano has always been a hero of mine

I've been lucky enough to see him win 250's at Mugello, 500's at Assen and MotoGP at Sachsenring. When on his game he was pure poetry on a motorcycle.

I agree with Wosi in that it is a crying shame we never saw Max on a 800. If ever a motorcycle was made for his neat compact high corner speed style those things (especially in their early years) were. The bitchy personalitiy comments - well that's just Wosi, it comes with the threat to Rossi rivalry.

Enjoy retirement with your family Max and thanks for the great memories. Lest not the mega wheelie save!

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Carlosoul

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Carlosoul says:

Best wheelie ever...

cant remember what year or race but check this...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmuimukAhA4

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

I will always remember Max when he won the 2002 Czech GP on the Yamaha YZR M1 the first ever win for Yamaha when the four stroke era.

All the best in your retirement.

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