Max Biaggi unlikely to return, says Ducati


Ducati have revealed that Max Biaggi is unlikely to return to racing. The statement comes after Biaggi was seen testing the injured Ben Spies' Pramac Ducati at a private test this week.

The 41-year old retired last year after winning a second World Superbike but Ducati have ruled out a return.

"I really don't think he wants to come back to racing," said Ducati spokesman Julian Thomas.

"He had made a few requests over the last couple of months just to have a go on the GP13. 

"Because of the respect and esteem Ducati has for him and the close relationship he has with (Ducati MotoGP project director) Paolo Ciabatti, when the opportunity came up in Mugello with Spies unable to test, they got together and decided to give him a chance to try a couple of days on Spies's bike."

The four-time 250cc world champion, Biaggi, last competed in MotoGP in 2005 with the factory Honda team. Although he has never ridden for Ducati, he had one season on board a satellite Ducati in World Superbikes in 2008.

Ben Spies is continuing to recover from an injury he sustained last October and has been ruled out of the Catalunya GP on 16 June. Ducati test rider Michele Pirro has deputised during Spies' injury.

Biaggi still holds many records from his time racing. The Italian is still the only rider to have won four consecutive 250cc World Titles when he won them from 1994-1997.

He is also the last rider to have won on his premier class debut in Moto GP when he won the Japanese Grand Prix in 1998. Last year he also became the oldest World Superbike champion after winning his second title at the age of 41 and 103 days.


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