One of the greatest riders in history announced his retirement earlier today. After more than 20 years at the World championship level, Max Biaggi leaves the sport of motorcycle roadracing with a total of 6 World championships to his credit, including 4 straight 250 GP championships and 2 WSB championships.
Biaggi’s career saw him battle in the premier 500cc/MotoGP class with the likes of Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi. Never a premier class champion, Biaggi nevertheless recorded 15 race wins and 3 runner-up positions in the championship, including once to Mick Doohan and twice to Valentino Rossi. Biaggi switched to WSB in 2007, winning his first race on a Suzuki.
Biaggi would eventually win 2 WSB titles for Aprilia, including 1 in 2010 and his current championship in 2012 . . . securing the latter by a narrow half-point over Tom Sykes (Kawasaki).
Biaggi was known for his incredibly smooth riding style, so much so that he sometimes astounded rookies following him in practice for the first time. The 41-year-old Biaggi maintained this high level until his final race this year.
Biaggi also became known for his clashes with Italian countryman Valentino Rossi, who knocked Biaggi off his pedestal in the premier class and frequently battled with him – both on the track and off.
He is an interesting personality who will surely be missed and remembered.