Two-time World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi has all but waved goodbye to motorcycle racing after a serious crash last year – but the Italian will be back on track (but on four wheels) this weekend in Rome, for the Italian round of the Formula E World Championship.
Ok, so he’s not going to racing, but in his role as commentator he’s going be opening the track, and taking TV spectators on a lap around the circuit. It’s the first time in history that Rome has hosted the Italian round of the World Championship, with racing taking place in through the roads of Rome’s EUR district – and as a proud Roman, Biaggi is thrilled to be involved.
Biaggi is actually pretty handy behind the wheel – back in 1999 he tested the Ferrari F300 at Fiorano, completing 57 laps, and he’s took the chance to try out the Team Venturi simulator in Montecarlo, building confidence before he sets off in the single-seater on Saturday.
After giving the simulator a go, Biaggi said: “I had a very suggestive feeling at the simulator, while braking the car tends to get stuck at the rear and the driving torque is impressive. 21 curves and has a total length of 2.8 km Before the arrival there is a very narrow chicane, which leads to the straight place in Via Cristoforo Colombo, just after the finish there is a grappling hook and two very wide curves, which I faced at the simulator at 250 km / h It will be a wonderful experience to be able to do a lap of track in Rome, my hometown.”
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