Max Biaggi Returns to SBK Part IIThe Roman Emperor – Max Biaggi – made a solid return to racing during Misano World SBK last month, the two-time SBK Champion piloting the Aprilia Racing Team RSV4 RF to a pair of sixths.A solid effort for the 44-year-old Italian after nearly three years of retirement. But due to the enthusiasm from the fans – and Biaggi’s obvious racing interest – he will return to World Superbike grid once again; Biaggi’s return, part II, will occur at Sepang August 2 for round 10 of 13.
Biaggi – a four-time 250cc GP Champion – led all Friday practice sessions at Misano before earning sixth, proving his fitness. Biaggi is also a test rider for Aprilia Racing Team, helping to develop the new RSV4 RF. He will grid up alongside normal Aprilia Racing Team pilots, Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam.Speaking of the Sepang SBK appearance, Biaggi says “The wild card at Misano was great. It was a great show of affection and passion by all motorcycle racing fans. Not even I could have imagined the participation and involvement that it stimulated. And for me it was a great moment of sports competition. Throughout the weekend I had a great time on the track, particularly Friday and in the two races, especially the second one. All of this convinced us… not to leave the job half done.“But I must admit that the real challenge is finding the strong motivation to take this new chance at Sepang, a track where I haven’t raced in many years and where I have never raced in Superbike. Anyway, it won’t be easy to repeat the same performance levels of Misano, but the beauty of this return also lies in accepting difficult challenges. We’ll work our hardest to be ready.”Romano Albesiano (Aprilia Racing Manager) also commented: “Max’s return at Misano stemmed from his passion and a desire that many had to see him racing again. The result was so positive, even in terms of how much passion that return aroused, that it was only natural to think of a second episode. Sepang is a track that traditionally goes well with the RSV. On the other hand, Max hasn’t been there for ten years and he has never raced with SBK there. But once again, the curiosity of watching him take on this new and exciting challenge will prevail.”The World SBK series heads this weekend to Laguna Seca for round nine; for a preview, click here.