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Biaggi hoping to hang on to second

Biaggi hoping to hang on to second

Biaggi hoping to hang on to second

Repsol Honda's Max Biaggi has held second place in the riders' championship since the summer break, but after the non-score at Qatar during the last GP when his RC211V developed an electrical problem, his lead over compatriot, and fellow Honda-mounted, Marco Melandri has been cut to just two points.

Having finished on the podium in the premier-class at Phillip Island on three occasions, including a victory in 2000 after qualifying in 12th place on the grid, Biaggi will be aiming to bounce back in this weekend's Polini Australian Grand Prix.

"All I can really hope for is that we can find something good for this weekend," said the Italian. "It has been really hard over the last few races. I just can't understand why things change so much. One race the bike is great like at Motegi. We get a great podium and at last I feel that there is some hope for the rest of the season, then we go to Sepang, where I usually go well, and it was a disaster as it was in Doha."

"I hope we can find a good solution for Phillip Island. I have won there in the past and for sure it is an amazing circuit to win at. Every view is just like a post card; it is spectacular and I only hope that from Friday morning in first practice we can give some good news back to my fan club who are always so supportive, something to be proud of."


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