Former World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has ruled out a wildcard return to the series in 2015. The Italian ignited speculation that he would be back in contention after appearing at the recent Jerez WSB test on an Aprilia close to the one Sylvain Guintoli took to title success in 2014.
However, as reported by MCN at the time, Biaggi was working with fellow test rider Michael Laverty to help develop the electronics package for the new Aprilia GP machine, and he has stressed that his role at the tests was strictly in a testing capacity.
“It’s really nice and fun to be back on a World SBK machine. My last time was in 2012 so it has been a long time. It’s an honour for me to back on the track and to help develop the bike. Being away for more than two years means that I need to knock some rust off and get back into rhythm. This will take some time but it’s really nice. Looking back it would have been better for me not to stop at all but if I do enough laps I think I will be able to go back in time. These guys are very fast, though.”
“I’m sorry to say this but I won’t be doing any wildcard ride this year. I am just a test rider so my goal is to put in as many laps as possible while evaluating new components and settings for both the MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycles.”