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Max Biaggi set for 100th MotoGP start

Max Biaggi set for 100th MotoGP start

Max Biaggi set for 100th MotoGP start

Max Biaggi is scheduled to make his 100th MotoGP start at Assen this weekend, clocking up an unbroken century of memorable races since his stunning debut victory from pole position at Suzuka in 1998.

After finishing in second place in the championship that season with Honda, Biaggi moved to Yamaha in 1999 and has finished in the top-four in the championship every year since, including third place on his return to Honda last year.

Biaggi has scored at least one Grand Prix victory in each of these six years on four different types of machine (4-cylinder 2-stroke Honda, 4-cylinder 2-stroke Yamaha, 4-cylinder 4-stroke Yamaha, 5-cylinder 4-stroke Honda) and has clocked up a total of 12 premier-class victories - Randy Mamola being the only other man to win more races without actually clinching the title.

However, after a disappointing start to the season and tyre problems at Catalunya in the last round, the Italian's only focus at the moment is on this weekend's race in Holland. "The Assen circuit is one of those I really like," comments Biaggi, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Saturday. "Last year I did a great race there in the rain and finished up on the podium.

"One of the most positive features of the Dutch circuit, besides the beautiful track design, is the asphalt, which drains any water off brilliantly, so it offers impressive amounts of grip even in the most extreme conditions. After the last race, which was simply abnormal because of what happened, I'm really keen to make amends.

"Everything's there for us to do well, so together with Honda and Michelin, we'll be aiming for mine and the team's first victory, I believe we can do it, and on Saturday I hope to not just be celebrating my birthday."

MotoGP, 2004, GAULOISES TT ASSEN, Max Biaggi

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