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Max Biaggi is a MotoGP Legend ™

The fourth World Champion was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Mugello

Friday, May 27, 2022

Max Biaggi is now officially a MotoGP Legend ™! The fourth 250cc World Champion was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame ™ at Oakley’s Gran Premio d’Italia, with the spectacular Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello proving its perfect backdrop. CEO Dorna Carmelo Ezpeleta presented Biaggi with the MotoGP ™ Legends Medal at a ceremony on Friday, with many famous faces from the paddock in attendance – and a very special video message sent from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well.

A video message from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was played during a press conference.  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
A video message from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco was played during a press conference. Photo courtesy of Dorna.

Incredibly – because of the career to come – Biaggi started the last race, first competing at the age of 18. From there, he climbed the stratosphere when 1991 saw his first race and Grand Prix points in the 250cc class, 1992 announcing him. won for the first time and in 1994, “Roman Emperor” became World Champion for the first time – also taking Aprilia’s first title in the 250cc class. The glory didn’t stop there, as Biaggi took the incredible 250cc crown four times in a row and with two different factories, ruled the category from 1994 to 1997 included and maintained its place in history as one of the best races in race. class.

Max Biaggi (1) at Aprilia 250 circa 1995. Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Max Biaggi (1) on Aprilia 250, circa 1995. Photo courtesy of Dorna.

In 1998 Biaggi moved into the premier class and, remarkably, he won his 500cc debut – something not repeated since. He was the runner up that year and started another impressive show, never finishing outside the top five at the Championship in any major class season between 1998 and 2005, his last hurray in MotoGP ™.

Max Biaggi (3), in a Yamaha YZR-M1, long-time competitor Valentino Rossi (46), in a Honda RC212V, during a MotoGP race.  Photo courtesy of Dorna.
Max Biaggi (3), in a Yamaha YZR-M1, long-time competitor Valentino Rossi (46), in a Honda RC212V, during a MotoGP race. Photo courtesy of Dorna.

By the time Biaggi left the Grand Prix paddock, he had won 42 wins, 13 in the premier class, and 111 podium and 56 pole positions overall. But his motor racing career was not over, as he moved to WorldSBK and won 21 wins and 71 podiums, making him the Champion in 2010 and 2012 – thus becoming the first MotoGP Legend ™ to also be the WorldSBK Champion.

KUTIPAN

Max Biaggi: “First of all, thank you to everyone who came. This is a special day for me and, first of all, I have to thank Carmelo and Dorna, who made this happen, because without them, nothing can be done, so thank you very much , Carmelo.Second, I just want to thank everyone who made this happen; all the manufacturing work of the past, from Aprilia, Honda, Yamaha, and everyone here genuinely supporting me all the time, on different teams and different situations, on a good day and a bad day .. So, I’m proud that everyone came; for me, this means a lot, because life is still so after racing.

“I’m also proud that my family really supported me on bad days to keep doing it and not give up, and they always supported me. Today, they are here, my son and daughter are here, so this is a very emotional time because now he can say, ‘Hey, my Legendary father,’ so this is really cool! Twenty years ago, I didn’t think about it, so as a guy, this was also important.

“Finally, now I’m going in the third phase of my life, and of course I’m a team owner. I want to thank Husqvarna and Sterilgarda, who made this dream come true, so now I’m using my experience to hopefully create new riders for the future. hopefully a champion; who knows? I want to thank Dorna again, Carlos as well, because he has done a perfect job over the years and MotoGP is now absolutely fantastic, so thank you very much.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: “It was two years ago when we decided to nominate Max as a MotoGP Legend, but unfortunately the pandemic and others didn’t allow us to do it the right way. It was a ceremony we did without a ban mask, with everyone happy, and I think it’s time the wait has been enough.Max ​​has clearly become a great legend in MotoGP.I told him, I have a fairing of this bike in my office in Madrid, which Carlo Pernat gave me with number 4. I always remember the start of MotoGP.

“When we started, the situation was really different, we were lucky to add all these possibilities, and now MotoGP is very important. For us to nominate Max as a MotoGP Legend, it is not only important to him but also important to us. He has become a true legend, he has raced a lot, he has a current and successful team and he taught them. For all these reasons, I think today is very important to nominate Max as a MotoGP Legend, and I am very proud of that. Thank you. “

STATS

– 42 Grand Prix wins: 29 wins x 250cc, 13 wins x 500cc/MotoGP (5 x MotoGP, 8 x 500cc)

– 111 GP podiums: Biaggi is one of 10 riders to reach the milestone of 100 podiums in GP races, namely 53 in the 250cc class and 58 in the 500cc/MotoGP ™. He was the Italian driver with the third most podium in the GP, just after Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini.

– 56 pole positions: one of only five riders with more than 50 poles in GP races: 33 x 250cc, 23 x 500cc/MotoGP ™

– Biaggi won at least once in seven consecutive premier class seasons from 1998 to 2004. He also took at least one pole position per premier class season from 1998 to 2004

– Biaggi is one of two drivers to have won titles in GP and World Superbike races along with John Kocinski (250cc/1990 and WorldSBK/1997)