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Biaggi laughs off Suzuki rumours

Biaggi laughs off Suzuki rumours

Biaggi laughs off Suzuki rumours

Max Biaggi spoke out last night after persistent rumours linking him with a surprise switch to Suzuki in 2005. Speculation in the Italian press suggested that Biaggi was set to link-up with former mentor Erv Kanemoto in the factory MotoGP team, replacing either Kenny Roberts or John Hopkins. However, Biaggi laughed off the suggestion, discarding it as typical summer gossip.

"I just want to make one thing clear regarding all the rumours which have been going around lately about my supposed switch to another factory; I am and I remain a Honda rider," declared Biaggi. "The rest is just silly gossip dreamed up on the beach – a classic August story."

Biaggi was speaking after two days of exhaustive tests at the Brno circuit, where his Camel Honda team continued set-up work on the new specification RC211V engine they received ahead of the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky but were unable to make significant progress.

"We've tried our very hardest, we've done a thousand tests, but we still haven't found the perfect solution," explained Biaggi. "As regards the setting up of the bike we've exhausted our options really, there's no other settings to test.

"So we decided to stop the practice at one o'clock this afternoon. We will see in Estoril if it's just a problem at this track. I've told the Honda technicians all the problems I had at this test, and the aim is to go well in Portugal of course."

On his race at the weekend, Biaggi admitted that a lack of dry time with the new spec bike in practice had limited his options but gave his team credit for a valuable podium finish.

"First of all I have to thank my team and Honda because despite the problems we had during the weekend, in the short time between the end of the warm-up and the race they managed to get in shape to fight for the podium," said Biaggi, who finished third.

"I think I put the rest in, firstly with a good start, probably my best of the year, and then fighting tooth and nail for the top spots."


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