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Biaggi celebrates victory with his Japanese fans and looks ahead to Sepang

Biaggi celebrates victory with his Japanese fans and looks ahead to Sepang

Biaggi celebrates victory with his Japanese fans and looks ahead to Sepang

Max Biaggi marked his 41st career victory last weekend with the members of his Japanese fan club, entitled `Amico Max´, who organised a celebration party Sunday night in one of the halls of the Twin Ring Motegi Hotel. The Italian shared some time with around sixty of his supporters before heading the same evening to Yokohama. Yesterday, he entertained the Japanese media and then indulged in some shopping in the ‘Chinatown' district of the city.

"I have not stopped for one moment since I climbed off the bike," he explained. "We packed up the last box in the pit, and after a quick shower I went over to meet the fan club. We had some fun for a while but then we had to leave and start the three hour journey to Yokohama. Today my time was split between interviews and shopping, and I finished with a pleasant dinner shared with friends."

"I still have not had time to think through the race," confessed Biaggi. `For the first time since the GP in Brno, I actually had fun riding the bike because finally I was on level terms and was able to compete in the ‘match'. I really like the track at Sepang and I hope that the bike will be equally as good. It is a medium paced circuit, very long, and allows you to take different lines. I even like the climate. Very humid and stormy conditions do not bother me, in fact I can ride well and very fast because it is a physical test and also pushes the tyres. For my riding style - I am someone who does not shred rubber - this is a positive factor and should help us to set-up the bike similar to Japan; we should have a few options for Sunday."

Max Biaggi currently occupies third place in the standings, 25 points away from Gibernau. To catch the Spaniard is clearly his objective in the ‘home straight' of the season: "Recovering this deficit in three races will not be easy even though it is normal that I should be aiming for it," he admitted. "This wasn't my objective for the Championship. I race to win, not to come second and this is always my motivation even though this season I know I have made some mistakes. Still, I never race calculating the points, I just want the chequered flag."

MotoGP, 2003, Max Biaggi

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