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Biaggi, current rider with the second highest number of podiums

Biaggi, current rider with the second highest number of podiums

Biaggi, current rider with the second highest number of podiums

This weekend's race in Shanghai will see Max Biaggi mark his 200th GP in what has been a long and illustrious career that has seen the Italian become one of the most popular riders in the world of motor racing.

As well as experiencing his 200th race this weekend, the 33-year-old Italian will get the chance to do it on a brand new track, a prospect that has intrigued the popular Repsol Honda rider.

"We are going to China with immense curiosity - to discover an amazing country, to unveil a new circuit and to check our chance to win," said Biaggi. "The track drawing seems very good, with different characteristics, fast and technical. We need to feel the ground surface and the climatic temperatures to find soon the right tires and the best set up.

"Estoril's podium gave us good energy to look forward. But still that's not satisfying for me. I hope that my team understand what to do to come back competitively. That would be the best gift for my 200th GP."

Since starting his career at the European GP at Jarama on 16th June 1991, the Italian has had 42 GP wins, including 13 in the MotoGP class, and become one of the true stars of GP.

Biaggi has also taken 56 pole positions in his career and 41 fastest laps together with 108 podiums, 55 of which were in the MotoGP class. His last podium finish was a fortnight ago in Estoril.

Biaggi´s 55 MotoGP podium finishes give him the second highest number of podium finishes for a current (non-retired) rider, just 12 behind reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi. This weekend the Italian will be determined to build on his season so far and climb from his current ranking of fourth in the championship standings.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, Max Biaggi

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