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Biaggi looking to spoil Rossi's party

Biaggi looking to spoil Rossi's party

Biaggi looking to spoil Rossi's party

After the dramatic Japanese Grand Prix last weekend that saw Max Biaggi claim his second consecutive podium finish, the Repsol Honda camp will hope to see the momentum they are building in the latter part of the season continue.

With several key riders failing to finish at Motegi, Biaggi has now moved 16 points clear in the fight for second place in the championship. The Roman Emperor is the only rider with a mathematical chance of stopping Rossi claiming the title this Sunday at Sepang and will be doing all he can do to spoil the party*.

Biaggi has a good record at the wide 5.548km track situated just outside the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. He won the race in 2002 and has not finished outside the podium since. The four-time world champion will be hoping to continue the recent run of form that has seen him amass 49 points in the last three races – boosting his hopes of securing runner-up spot in the process.

"I'm looking forward to the next race. I finished third in Brno and second at Motegi. It would be so good to go one better in Malaysia and win the race there!" said Biaggi. "Racing at Sepang is fantastic. They have warm weather throughout the year, first class organisation and infrastructures. All the grandstands are covered; they are a wonderful work of modern architecture. The track is very fast and is both physically and technically hard work."

"The spectators are fantastic as well, because they come from all over Asia. That's what I'd call it a Continental Grand Prix. Our Michelins worked so well in Japan, I hope they can do even better in Malaysia. As I said after the race last week, I would very much like to avenge the Bridgestone victory last week and will do all I can to make this happen. Some of my Japanese fan club guys will come down to see me in Sepang, that makes me feel very comfortable."

* If Biaggi wins the race then Rossi needs to finish in fourth place or better to clinch the title. If Biaggi finishes second then Rossi needs to finish no lower than eighth. If Biaggi finishes third then Rossi needs to finish twelfth or higher. If Biaggi finishes fourth then Rossi needs to score just a single point to win the world championship. If Biaggi finishes lower than fourth then Rossi will take the title no matter what result he achieves in Malaysia.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi

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