It was precisely with Max that it was possible to have a long and interesting chat, talking about many different topics and for each of these the good Biaggi offered as his habit a strong and very personal point of view. We talked to the six-time world champion from Aprilia, Dovizioso and also about the past, with many very funny episodes. You can see the full video HERE, while this is an excerpt from a beautiful interview that was absolutely not scheduled and that we were really pleased to be able to do.
Max, but you’re almost 50 years old. Can you explain to us why you still have so much desire to ride a motorcycle?
“It’s simple! I have fun on the bike, I’ve been on the track all my life and I don’t want to lose healthy habits. Even the players who have raced in Serie A continue to play when they stop, but in a different way. I’m obviously riding on road bikes and not on a prototype or an SBK, so the limits are different. Then I don’t have the slightest idea of competing or anything else, the competition is no longer in my head. Of course I don’t go slow, because on a track like Mugello I can also lap in 1’51, which is not bad. The bikes I use don’t have prototype tires, they have different lean angles, you have to brake differently. In short, everything changes, the limit is different but just go ahead and have fun “.
According to Pernat, you would have been the perfect test rider for Aprilia in MotoGP. What do you think?
“They also need to agree with Aprilia! To my knowledge, they still don’t have a real test rider in Aprilia, because Smith hasn’t signed. Now he will try Dovizioso and I am very pleased, even in the past I indicated him as the best choice for Aprilia. He has finished second in the world championship three times, has raced for many years with Ducati and knows a lot of things. Even if it arrives and is at 80% of its potential, it will still be a breath of fresh air and in other circumstances we would never have expected to have it on board in Noale “.
Biaggi: “They asked me to try the Aprilia RS-GP, but I prefer to have fun with the RSV4-X”
But did you come close to trying the RS-GP?
“I’ll tell you a gem: I was asked to try the RS-GP, and at that moment I said that I would have preferred to have fun with the Aprilia X “.
As you see Aprilia this year, it is going strong with Aleix Espargarò.
“I see Aprilia in great growth. There has been a step forward compared to 2020, in my opinion only a little power is missing. Then you need a rider who can manage the race well. Second, but the RS-GP still lacks some power. I think Dovizioso as a test driver would be a very cool thing, there is no one around him like him. ”
Today the Ducati Pramacs impressed. What do you think they found different from the officers?
“The bikes that the Pramacs are using this year are the 2020 factory bikes, a very tested bike. The ones that Bagnaia and Miller use are the highly evolved 2021 and maybe they still have to work on a little something. Maybe this affects the performance of the two officers. “
Instead, how are things in your Max Racing Team?
“We started like this. The first race Fenati took two long lap penalties, otherwise he could have fought it. This time he had a good pace, but he was penalized together with that group of seven riders and he starts practically from Doha airport!
Don’t you see any solutions to this Moto3 qualifying problem?
“We have talked a thousand times between Team and we are well prepared for a Superpole lap, as was done once in SBK. In any case, if you have experience, time does the same. Instead today it happens that some riders manage to qualify very well and then get lost in the race, because they don’t have the pace of the best. Okay for the show, but you also compromise who invests and as a team they have hired drivers to make results. Maybe a rookie arrives who falls and knocks a driver out and injures him. Before it was different, you had to go fast in the national championships, then in the European championships and only then could you reach the world championship. Now there are riders who do not know where they come from, who have never achieved results and who race together with riders who have a history. ”
Another rider also has a team and we are obviously talking about Rossi. How are the relations between you today?
“I do not I have more grudges towards Valentino and if we cross paths, we say goodbye without any problems. Everything changes over the years. Look with Loris Capirossi, I’m not saying by now that we are jelly and fat, but everything has changed “.
You were alleged to be a bit nasty, but you were actually the first pilot to really take advantage of TV and marketing.
“When you are a driver you are concentrated. Even Marquez when he is on the grid looks straight ahead, as if he does not consider anything or anyone, but he thinks about much more important things than the people who pass around him, those are important moments. Today it is worth much more. the marketing that the talent. Pernat was the king of marketing in my day! In the 90s there was a good group with Aprilia and it was a good thing for me to be a rider from Rome, it was an advantage, because there weren’t any and this opened up a motorway for me. I was quick to surround myself with people who took me to heart. Then after Agostini it was a good story to tell, there was also the Italian industry that was doing great “.
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