Six-time World champion Max Biaggi, who retired recently after winning the 2012 WSB championship (his second) for Aprilia, tested the Ducati MotoGP bike of Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies earlier today at Mugello. Spies is still recovering from injury. Biaggi is there with other Ducati MotoGP riders, including the factory pair of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso.
Testing ended shortly after 3:00 due to rain, but Biaggi is expected to test again tomorrow. Reported lap times are unofficial, and confusing. The most reliable reports seem to indicate that Biaggi is circulating roughly six seconds off the pace of the fastest current MotoGP riders at this circuit . . . not too bad considering the dramatic changes to MotoGP bikes since 2005 when Biaggi last rode in the premier class, as well as the fact WSB does not currently race at Mugello, making Biaggi less familiar with the circuit.
Why is Biaggi testing? Speculation is all over the board on this topic, as well. Some think Biaggi is simply receiving a favor from his Italian pals at the factory, while others think this is potentially a more serious relationship developing. My best guess is that this a one-off test that does seek feedback from the most recent WSB champ.