In his twenty plus years of racing, Max Biaggi has been on both sides of the fence. He's been a fan favorite and a despised villian. He's been embraced by the racing world, and he's been shunned. But whether you love him or hate him, you can not deny the fact that he's one of the best riders to line up on the grid.
Max Biaggi was born on June 26th, 1971, in Rome, Italy. He tinkered around with motorcycles, but was never really interested in racing until a fateful day in 1988 when he was brought to a track by a friend. Biaggi's father wasn't a fan of motorcycles, so it took some time, some convincing, and a few extra jobs to make enough money for his first motorcycle. But once Biaggi got two wheels beneath him, he was one of the fastest riders on the track.
He started racing in 1989 in the 125cc division. Biaggi spent a lot of time picking his motorcycle up off the pavement, but was improving at an incredible pace. In 1994, Biaggi claimed his first championship win in the 250cc division. That victory was followed by three more consecutive wins before moving to the premier class in 1998.
In the MotoGP premier class, Biaggi started a fantastic rivalry with Valentino Rossi. The two battled for race wins nearly as much as they battled in the paddock. Biaggi finished second in the 1998 season, and followed that up with 7 consecutive years in the top 5. Biaggi never claimed a premier class championship (largely in part to Valentino Rossi) but did manage to secure the World Superbike title in 2010.
Max Biaggi is in his 5th year in the World Superbike series, and will be the man to beat this year.
Max Biaggi's Motorcycle - Aprilia RSV4
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