Two time World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has officially announced this morning in a press conference at the Vallelunga circuit that he will be retiring after 21 years of racing.
The Roman Emperor who is 41, has 63 victories to his name, 29 in 250cc with four World titles, 13 in MotoGP/500cc, and 21 in World Superbikes.
We’ve translated what Biaggi said:It’s been the longest night, but I’m happy to leave now.
I don’t want to be like politicians attached to the chair.
I thought about it a lot, I said to myself do I continue for 1 or 2 years or do I stop? And I decided to leave now.
My family counted in my decision.
The time has come to spend a little time with my family.
But I don’t want it to be a sad day.
Unlike Doohan, I stopped because I want to stop and not because I wasn’t competitive.
I have written important pages in the history of motorcycle racing.
I had a contract if I wanted it, but I’m leaving with no regrets.
Infact I’d thank all those who have accompanied me in these 20 years.
It was still a very hard choice, but not forced by anyone, today I’m leaving standing on my two legs, while others have had serious injuries.
I’m thinking of a collaboration with the Aprilia off track, you will soon read some news about it.