Max Biaggi says he won’t race this year

After he started doing development riding this season, speculation started to run wild: Would Max Biaggi race for Aprilia again? Now, he’s saying no.

The rumours started because Biaggi looked like he was having a lot of fun on-track as he hooned around on Aprilia’s World Superbike machine at Jerez, testing for the Red Devils team. It was Biaggi’s first time on a World Superbike machine since he retired in 2012, and unsurprisingly, he was a bit chuffed. Immediately, the rumour mill started spinning: Could the Roman Emperor be planning a return? Would he race wild card entries in 2015?

The answer is no.

“I’m sorry to say this but I won’t be doing any wildcard ride this year,” Biaggi said. “I am just a test rider so my goal is to put in as many laps as possible while evaluating new components and settings for both the MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycles.”

Biaggi said it was an honour to get back on track and help develop Aprilia’s machines, but his time off meant he needed to brush up on some of his skills. Still, he’s enjoying his laps aboard the new machine, saying it feels like it puts him back in time.

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