MotoGP Mugello: Biaggi is a MotoGP Legend

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Sixth World Champion and Sterilgarda Husqvarna team boss Max Biaggi was inducted into the MotoGP Hall of Fame in Mugello on Friday.

The fourth 250cc WorldSBK title holder and twice officially became the MotoGP Legend at the Italian Grand Prix by collecting 215 starts, 111 podiums and 42 race victories at the GP paddock before six successful seasons at the Superbike Championship.

Presented by CEO Dorna Carmelo Ezpeleta and words from HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Biaggi received the award in front of friends, family and former colleagues.

“This is a special day for me,” Biaggi said of the recognition. “First of all, I have to thank Carmelo and Dorna for doing this because without them nothing can be done, and then secondly, I want to easily thank everyone who did this.

“All the manufacturers I’ve worked with, from Aprilia, Honda, Yamaha and everyone here are really supporting me all the time with different teams, different situations. Good days and bad days. I’m proud of everyone. come on, for me this means a lot because life still goes on after the race.I am proud of also the family who really encouraged me in the bad days to still do it and without ever, never give up and they will support me all the time.Today my son and my son have it’s here, so it’s a very emotional time because now you can say ‘Hey, my Legendary father!’ This is really cool, 20 years ago, I didn’t think about it, so this guy was very important.

“Finally, now that I’m a team owner, I want to thank Husqvarna Sterilgarda for making this dream a reality. So now I’m using my experience to hopefully create new drivers for the future. Hopefully a champion, who knows.”

When asked to describe his success over the years and in the championship, there was one era that still lingered in the hearts of Italians.

“It’s really hard, every year I have a special bike but if I want to be a bit romantic, I can say two strokes because this is no longer there,” he said. “So let’s say the two-stroke is special.

“New riders from the four-stroke era, some have never even tried a two-stroke but when they try, just out of curiosity, they get weird but also happy feedback. So, this is a special moment in that era and two strokes will always be there. in my heart.

“Now also testing a new four-stroke, you know a lot about your age, because a lot of things were difficult on a motorcycle and before it couldn’t be done. So I would say that two strokes is still in my heart, but also four strokes isn’t too bad.