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Biaggi curses bad fortune

Biaggi curses bad fortune

Biaggi curses bad fortune

Max Biaggi's troubled season with the Repsol Honda team continued in Qatar as the Roman Emperor struggled all weekend with his RC211V at the Losail International Circuit.

Having qualified in 13th, the 34-year-old, looking to protect his second place in the riders' championship, slipped down the field in the early stages of the race and was forced to retire with electrical problems that affected the engine management system of his RC211V. Despite that, he did manage to hang on to second place in the championship by the slim margin of just two points from compatriot Marco Melandri.

"We started in bad shape, just like in Sepang," said the Italian. "Since Motegi we haven't been competitive at all. This is not just a problem with the set-up of the machine, it's something bigger than that."

"Working on the set-up you can improve things like corner entry, but not everything. It's more than an engine management problem. Since Motegi, it has been impossible to go into or out of the corners quickly, the bike just doesn't turn. Nothing is working at all anymore."

"Here again, from Thursday to Saturday, it was the same. In the race the machine just stopped, we had some electronic problems. It's unbelievable. It always happens to me. What can I say?"

"All my hopes are gone… This weekend, I couldn't fight for the podium again, this is so frustrating. I believe I should be able to fight for the podium on any track, but since Motegi, it's over, all the problems are coming back to haunt me at once. We didn't change the settings which worked well at Brno and Motegi - they should have worked at Sepang, one of my favourite tracks, I had been the fastest there during the winter tests, but this time the bike didn't work, I was always spinning and had no traction. So there must be something much more serious than just chassis or suspension set-up problems."

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MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Max Biaggi

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