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Biaggi inspired by Repsol colours

Biaggi inspired by Repsol colours

Biaggi inspired by Repsol colours

Max Biaggi explained the secret behind his remarkable recovery from injury at the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia, where he today set lap record pace despite suffering the effects of a broken ankle. Biaggi completed 43 laps with a best time of 2'02.35 on Monday and revealed: "Repsol orange really makes me want to ride."

"There must be a mistake," continued Biaggi. "I was not expecting to ride this fast right after the injury and more on the last year's bike. We scored excellent laps even if we were not working for it. I really like the team spirit.

"HRC people are very motivated to do good. Erv Kanemoto and my crew chief Hideki Iwano are collecting precious information for the new bike and I'm so happy to have two perfectionists like them on my side."

Kanemoto, Repsol Honda's Technical Director, was typically humble in the face of Biaggi's praise: "Personally I need to get up to speed fast with the RC211V," he said. "I need to completely understand the machine and the minute effects that the changes we make to it have on the package.

"I am looking and learning at the moment – there is really no point my making any major changes until I have gathered much more data but I am encouraged by what we have achieved in a short time.

"I am under no illusions – we have a lot of work to do but we have a very strong spirit in the team and we have a big goal."

Biaggi's team-mate Nicky Hayden also improved today after 81 laps and explained his progress was mainly down to tyres. "We spent a lot of time testing a bunch of new Michelins and found some stuff we really liked," said Hayden, who set a best time of 2'02.49.

"Both fronts and a few rears that really seemed to give some pretty good grip levels. We looked at testing several different suspension settings with the Showa guys and basically it all went pretty well. It was nice to see some lower laps times today; not yet where I want but definitely a step in the right direction."

MotoGP, 2005, Max Biaggi

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