Max Biaggi’s second day of testing the Ducati MotoGP bike at Mugello came to an end prematurely when rain began to fall about 4:00 p.m. local time. Day 1 was rain shortened as well. Altogether, Biaggi had the equivalent of roughly one day of testing and 50 total laps. His best time was a 152.1, 3.9 seconds off the best time posted by any Ducati rider at the test (Andrea Dovizioso did a 148.2). Pretty impressive, in our opinion, given the fact that Biaggi took 30 laps (by his estimation) before he began to feel at all comfortable on the bike, particularly with its carbon brakes (steel rotars are used in WSB).
In an interview provided to an Italian web site after the test, Biaggi was a bit coy, but seemed to leave the door open to future involvement with Ducati MotoGP. A post on the team Pramac site also does not foreclose future involvement with Biaggi as a test rider or racer.
Without rain interrupting both days, Biaggi undoubtedly would have posted quicker times. As it stands, he can still clearly ride at a very high level. It will be interesting to see if anything further develops in this relationship with Ducati.