Ciao Max… biking says goodbye to the Roman Emperor

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Max Biaggi astride an 850cc Aprilia Scooter, that's all we're likely to see him on from now on
He’s just wrapped up his second World Superbike championship, and is one of the biggest legends of bike racing, but it seems that isn’t enough for the 41-year-old Italian who officially announced he's retiring from racing.

After months of speculation, Biaggi announced his retirement at a press conference this morning at Vallelunga race track, near his hometown of Rome.

He said: “This passion for racing has taken me onto some great achievements. I have had many companions along the way, but one that truly stands out is Aprilia, with whom together we have written some important chapters in racing history. It was true love! We got together, we left each other, we hitched up again, and for this reason it is right and I am happy that I am retiring as World Champion with Aprilia".

He added: "It wasn't an easy decision to make, and last night was the longest night of my life.”

Biaggi is expected to take up an ambassadorial role with Aprilia and rumours suggest he may even run his own race team.

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