Jamie Robinson does Max Biaggi

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“I’m 40, why am I still racing?” Asks 2010 SBK World Champion Max Biaggi. But, growing up in a home without motorcycles, he didn’t even see a racetrack until he was 18 years old. Then, putting everything on the line in pursuit of a new found dream, Max’s father helped him start 125cc Sport Production, eventually becoming 250cc World Champion just a few years later. An old friend, I sat down with him in his Los Angeles home to talk about that past, his present racing an Aprilia RSV4 and, something any 40 year old thinks about, the future.

Photos: Max Biaggi archives/Clive Challinor/Aprilia Racing

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  • austin_2ride

    I’ve always liked Max but I’ve never liked Aprilia.

    • Rick

      vice versa.

      • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

        Agreed.

      • 2ndderivative

        There’s some good digs on ol’ Max in Faster.

        • Rick

          Yes they did, and I think that’s a measure of Biaggi’s relative unpopularity with other riders- alot of which is on him. But Max also had the misfortune of having to face a young Valentino Rossi, a severe test of any racer!

          Though his most peculiar bent for self-destruction remains, the Roman may be riding better now than ten years ago. At age 40, full credit to him.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    Good stuff.

  • BMW11GS

    I always thought Max had the best qualities of a Shakespearean tragic hero, Extremely talented, yet circumscribed by a fatal flaw. Like him or hate him, he is an interesting person with a compelling story.

  • TuffGong

    Keep rollin ,Max….

  • Restless Lip Syndrome

    He can be a polarizing character and he has his flaws, but I admire him greatly for being able to pull off such an interesting and long career. This is an industry built on families being able to start their kids off racing young. If you weren’t fortunate to come from a family with the resources or dedication to motorsports, you are more than likely not going to make it to top level racing, and certainly not in such a short period of time like Biaggi.

  • Scott-jay

    Neato. Thanks, Jamie et al.

  • Duncan

    A lot of riders give him grief but I met and talked with him in 05 at Laguna and he was great. He set his ego aside for a moment and just chatted. Thats class in my book.
    DT.