The 37-year-old native of Rome, Italy, will join Aprilia’s new WSBK factory team to race on the new RSV4.
A veteran of MotoGP and World Superbike racing, Biaggi will be returning to the manufacturer with whom he has had the most success. Biaggi was a member of Aprilia’s Grand Prix racing team for six years in the early ’90s, winning three 250cc championships for the Italian marque in 1994-1996.
“Biaggi was our number one choice and I’m delighted to have him back with us,” says Leo Francesco Mercanti, director of product development and sports activities for Aprilia’s parent company, the Piaggio Group. “Biaggi has written some of the most important chapters in the history of Aprilia’s racing career. He gave us our first really important victories, and rode for us in seasons that saw us dominating the championship. In short, Max Biaggi put Aprilia firmly in the history books of motorcycle racing. To have Biaggi with us to ride the Aprilia RSV4 means the beginning of a whole new challenge. We are convinced that he will give expression to our passion, technical skill, and desire for victory.”
Biaggi also won the 250cc championship for Honda in 1997 before moving up to the 500cc premier class. In eight seasons in the 500cc/MotoGP class, split between Yamaha and Honda, Biaggi never finished lower than fifth in the overall rider standings.
Biaggi currently sits in seventh place in the 2008 World Superbike Championships racing for the Ducati satellite team Sterilgarda Go Eleven. Biaggi’s teammate Ruben Xaus is also leaving the team, having signed on to race for BMW’s new WSBK team.
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