Originally Posted by yooperbikemike
Batta proposed that Max would be hired as a test rider/ PR draw. There would have been 11 races where the team would stay at the track an extra day and various journos/VIPs/High rollers invited. Biaggi would get a chance to ride the bike hard, give feedback and schmooze with the peeps. Biaggi would already be on scene in his capacity as a commentator for Italian TV. Gobmier reportedly didn't respond to this proposal for nearly 3 weeks.
Now, you might be asking yourself, "Self, why isn't Biaggi doing something like this for Aprilia?" Word is that Max didn't retire so much as Aprilia couldn't/wouldn't meet his salary demands, saying they wouldn't have enough money to hire a competitive 2nd rider. While we're on the subject, Leon Camier had a recent interview where he said that when he started doing well on the RSV4, his bikes mysteriously lost some speed. Hmmm...
That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!
Thanks for the info, Mike.