The 43-year old Italian finished sixth in both races at Misano, a result that may not be impressive to some, but is definitely worth writing about if you’ve just gotten off of a two-year retirement with little to no time to get in proper racing shape.
Biaggi did have a couple of practice sessions to get acclimated to his new digs with the Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils team. It certainly didn’t take long for Biaggi to make his presence felt, dominating the first two free practice sessions last Friday before finishing eight and third in the last two sessions.
Biaggi even managed to place fifth in the qualifying session, parlaying that with a strong sixth place finish in both Race 1 and Race 2 of the Misano leg. The Italian even gave us a breathtaking scene in the latter race when he engaged in an incredible scene of one-upmanship with fellow Red Devils rider Jordi Torres.
There’s a lot to be said for Max Biaggi’s reasons behind his return to the World Superbike Championship, even if it’s only for two legs of the series. But what he proved in Misano was nothing short of incredible. For a 43-year old rider who spent the last two years in blissful retirement to return the way he did, it speaks to the incredible talent of this man that apparently hasn’t gone away since he won the 2012 World Superbike championship.
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