After a good season and the great results this season, Team Alstare have dropped Max Biaggi as team member.
With Team Alstare losing their long time Corona Extra sponsorship the team don't have the budget to meet Max Biaggi big wage demands and there was always some doubt whether the team would stay in WSB. Here's what Alstare has to say...
With reference to the current situation Team Alstare is facing regarding sponsorship, it is with regret and sadness that the team announces that it will not be renewing its contract with Max Biaggi for 2008.
Suzuki and Team Alstare would like to thank Max Biaggi for his great performances and results achieved during the 2007 season, and also for his technical contribution.
Suzuki and Team Alstare would like to wish Max Biaggi all the best for the future.
Massimiliano "Max" Biaggi born June 26, 1971 (1971-06-26) (age 36) in Rome, Italy) is a motorcycle racer who currently resides in Monaco and in the United States. Biaggi is also known as the Roman Emperor and Mad Max and is notorious for his difficult relationship with the press, team personnel and other riders.
Throughout his career, Biaggi is best known for his heated rivalry with compatriot Valentino Rossi and other riders. In 1997, he was rumored to be dating supermodel, Naomi Campbell as they were seen boarding the same aircraft separately. This led to insults by Rossi when he appeared on the podium to produce a blonde blow up doll that vaguely resembled Claudia Schiffer to poke fun at the relationship.