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Max Biaggi looks back on his favourite podiums

Max Biaggi looks back on his favourite podiums

Max Biaggi looks back on his favourite podiums

Max Biaggi clocked up a century of podiums at the Jerez circuit last Sunday to join an elite group of riders to have made the 100 mark in what were illustrious Grand Prix careers. Giacomo Agostini (159), Angel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121) and Mike Hailwood (112) are the only other four riders to have hit the historic landmark, which for Biaggi represents well over half the total races of his career. The ‘Roman Emperor' took time out with to look back at his favourite podiums from the first one ever, at Mugello in 1992, to his most recent.

"To be honest, I only realised I hade made it to 100 podiums when the Italian journalists pointed it out in the press conference after the race," commented Biaggi. "I knew I was close, but it wasn't what went through my head at the end of what I think was a fantastic race.

"Sete won and he fully deserved it, although I don't think I did too badly myself! We rode two seconds per lap quicker than the rest on our fastest lap and I think it was an appropriate way to score my 100th podium, although I wouldn't mind making number 101 a victory.

"I remember my first podium perfectly well, even though it was twelve years ago. It was an intense emotion, not just for the fact that it was the first time I had been up there, but also because it was my home race, in Italy, at Mugello.

"It was an all-Italian podium, with Luca Cadalora and Loris Reggiani, but my emotions that day would be surpassed later that season, when I took my first win at Kyalami in South Africa."

"You can't get away from the emotions you feel on the top of the podium – it is always very special. That's why if I have to chose my favourite podium ever, then it would have to be my first ever victory in the 500cc class, on my debut at Suzuka in 1998.

"It was one of my favourite tracks and the whole weekend was a crescendo of emotion. I felt comfortable on the Friday and set pole position on the Saturday, taking victory and the fastest lap of the race on the Sunday. On the celebration lap I felt as though I could touch the sky with my hand.

"Despite all that, do you know what? I think my best podium ever has yet to come..."

MotoGP, 2004, Max Biaggi

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