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Biaggi raring to go at his favourite track

Biaggi raring to go at his favourite track

Biaggi raring to go at his favourite track

Repsol Honda riders Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden are involved in a close-fought battle for second place in the championship where 15 points separate six riders in what has become a fierce struggle behind Valentino Rossi. As the season resumes this weekend in Brno, both riders are in high spirits after the summer break, especially Max Biaggi who has a tremendous record at the 5.403km circuit.

The Italian has taken three wins at Brno in the premier class and won every race at the circuit in the four years he dominated the 250cc class on the way to being crowned world champion between 1994 and 1998.

"This is my favourite circuit of all. I like it because it's fast and I'm particularly fond of the four chicanes," explains Biaggi. "The speed is really high there and you need a lot of courage and commitment to face the changes of direction. In addition it's a place that fits me; I've taken victory several times there and the local people have given my name to a bridge not far away from the circuit. I've won there with all the bikes I've raced except for the current one and this I hope to change. I come back from my holidays refreshed and ready for the second part of the season. I know after the race at Brno we will be testing and we hope to find some positive results as the last six races after Brno are very close together and I am confident we can get some good results for the team and for all my fans who have been so supportive!"

His team-mate Nicky Hayden will be looking to continue where he left off before the break having taken two pole positions, a win and a podium finish all in the last three races. The 24-year-old American went well at Brno last year before crashing out of the leading group.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike on Friday morning. I've had a good time back home but I'm ready to get racing again - in fact I was ready a few weeks ago actually!" says Hayden. "Me and my bros have been training on the dirt at home and its been fun all hangin' out but it's time to get back to work now. After Brno the season is going to click away real fast and like I said after the race in Germany, now I've tasted blood I want some more. Laguna was great and Germany felt kinda' ordinary just standing on the bottom step. Last year at Brno we went pretty well until we went out. It's a circuit which seems to make for close racing and I'm real ready for a fight now. It's so close between seventh and second spot in the championship and every race and every point is going to count for so much. I won't be happy to finish where I am at the moment. I look to start movin' up from Brno."


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