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Biaggi optimistic of Portuguese success

Biaggi optimistic of Portuguese success

Biaggi optimistic of Portuguese success

Max Biaggi believes he has every chance of taking victory at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend. Biaggi, who went level with Wayne Gardner in seventh place on the all-time MotoGP podiums list after his 52nd top three finish at Brno, finished second to Valentino Rossi at Estoril last season and, after two days of successful tests in the Czech Republic after the race last week, sees no reason why he can't go a step higher.

"I like Estoril, last year I got onto the podium and if we get the bike working well we can do even better this year," says Biaggi. "In Brno we did a lot of work in the two test days after the race and even if we haven't got all the answers we were looking for, we will give our everything to be competitive on this track from Friday onwards.

"The track is okay, it reminds me a little of Spain's Jarama circuit, not fast, apart from the main straight, but quite technical. The only thing I really don't like is the asphalt, because it's very bumpy in places. So I'll be relying on my engineers and the Honda engineers to find a set-up which neutralises this factor."

Biaggi's Camel Honda Team Principal, Sito Pons, outlined the importance of a good result for his rider this weekend, with just six races remaining for the Italian to usurp Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau in the chase for the championship.

"The Portuguese Grand Prix is particularly important for us," says Pons. "Our objective is to not make any mistakes and to pick up points on our main rivals for the championship.

"If we look back on our season so far, we have lost precious points in Barcelona and Donington, and it shouldn't happen again. In the Czech Republic, despite having started a little down the order, Max made the podium whilst Makoto (Tamada) magnificently clawed himself up to fourth place.

"Then we had two days at the test, and together with the practice at this GP it should allow us to optimise the set-up of the latest parts on the bike."


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