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Aug 1, 2002

Max Biaggi To Leave Yamaha

<BR><BR>Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>Max Biaggi has said he will leave the Yamaha MotoGP team at the end of the 2002 season.<BR><BR>The Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport published an interview with Biaggi in their August 1 edition. In that interview Biaggi is quoted as saying, "Alla Yamaha ho passato quattro anni di grandi soddisfazioni, ma senza coronare il mio sogno: vincere il Mondiale. Ciò nonostante, a me sarebbe piaciuto rimanere, ma dopo avere incontrato i vertici Yamaha e avere richiesto certe garanzie, ho capito che non esistevano più i presupposti per continuare."<BR><BR>The BBC translated this into the following: "I have had four years of great satisfaction at Yamaha but without being able to realise my dream of winning the world championship. Although I would have been happy to stay after meeting the Yamaha management and having asked for certain guarantees, I realised that there no longer existed the conditions to continue." <BR><BR>It is speculated that Biaggi will follow long-time sponsor Marlboro to the Ducati MotoGP team in 2003.<BR><BR>According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Marlboro has sponsored Biaggi for the last nine years.<BR>
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