Max Biaggi concludes a two day MotoGP test at Mugello with the Pramac Ducati Racing Team today (Friday) following eight years away from the class, since he lost his ride in 2005. Ben Spies was meant to
|Biaggi took Spies’ place on the GP13
Photo: Pramac Racing Team
attend the test, however he pulled out of the race weekend with an on-going shoulder injury leaving the bike for Biaggi to ride.
Along with 2013 rider Andrea Iannone, Biaggi set about reacquainting himself with the Desmosedici and worked on set-up for the Pramac team. Despite rumours of a return to WSBK as a wildcard, which the 41 year old refused to deny and now speculation of a MotoGP wildcard return, this test was just gesture to an ex-rider of the team. No lap times were issued but the Roman Emperor left with a ‘positive’ feeling.
The 6 time world champion was happy to be back on a MotoGP bike but took a while to adjust. “I’m back to being a rider for the first time in eight months! It was great because this is a sport that I really love, and after what feels like a long time, it was a great opportunity to ride a MotoGP bike. In the early laps I actually felt that I had really been away for eight years, because a MotoGP bike always has an immediate reaction, and a progression that just doesn’t exist in a Superbike. It was also nice because I established a great feeling with the group of people who were assigned to me for this test, just like when I began in Aprilia in 2009. There was a positive feeling between all of us, even though it was just a single test. I’d like to thank first Ducati, and also team Pramac for this opportunity. We were rather unfortunate because out of two days available we more or less only had one due to the rain, but it’s better than nothing. We didn’t do any damage and we had some good fun!”