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Biaggi optimistic after Le Mans podium

Biaggi optimistic after Le Mans podium

Biaggi optimistic after Le Mans podium

Max Biaggi picked up his first podium position of the season at the Polini Grand Prix de France last weekend, kick-starting a previously disappointing start to the season for the Marlboro Yamaha squad. Biaggi, who finished third behind Valentino Rossi and Tohru Ukawa, described the result as ´getting to the shore after a long, long swim in open sea´, in reference to just one points-scoring finish in the previous three races.

`I am very pleased with the result on Sunday, though it was a very difficult race with the rain coming and going and making the track very slippery in places,´ said the Italian. `It was also great to follow Rossi and Ukawa, though they seemed to have an advantage in the slower corners and that is what we must work on next. I am also pleased for Yamaha and I would like to thank everyone within the factory and the team for their work.´

Despite the points deficit with respect to the series leaders, Biaggi now views the rest of the 2002 season with renewed optimism: ´I hope this is just the first step of further improvements. We´ll see it quite soon, at the next race at Mugello, a completely different track. If only we could have started the season at the same level we are now. Unfortunately we couldn't but at least I hope we´ll soon be able to fight for victory.´

Biaggi currently occupies ninth place in the MotoGP World Championship on 23 points. 16 of those were collected in Le Mans on Sunday whilst the other seven came thanks to ninth place in Welkom. A crash at Suzuka and a black flag at Jerez prevented the former 250 World Champion from scoring in the first and second rounds.

MotoGP, 2002, Max Biaggi

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