Max Biaggi won the 250cc World Championship title four times, and he was the champion in the Superbike World Championship twice. Now the Roman was talking about the 2017 MotoGP title fight and Jorge Lorenzo’s first Ducati season. After the three overseas races, the MotoGP paddock will now move on to Valencia for the season’s finale. Only the title fight in the king’s class is still open. Honda driver Marc Márquez and Andrea Dovizioso from the Ducati factory team compete for the MotoGP title. Márquez is the clear favorite, however, with a 21 point lead. In Valencia, a victory for Dovizioso in Valencia will give him the eleventh place to win the title.
It takes something extraordinary to beat Marc Márquez
Max Biaggi, 42 times GP winner, knows that it takes something extraordinary to beat Marc Márquez in the title fight. “Since entering MotoGP class, he has won an incredible number of races, even though he didn’t always have the best bike. How do you see which bike is the best? If Márquez wins and Pedrosa finishes fifth or sixth, you can see the value of the machine. Marc makes the difference. I wonder how many races he would have won with the best bike.”
Max Biaggi: “2017 MotoGP Championship is very exciting.”
“The title fight in 2017 is fascinating; many drivers had chances. It was a very balanced season, in which many riders were able to fight in front. In the beginning, Yamaha dominated, followed by a few victories for Dovizioso and Ducati, but then Honda beat back with two victories in Misano and Aragón. In Australia, Márquez showed again that he could make the difference. It was the tires that made this title fight open but also complicated. Viñales seemed to be unbeatable after the winter tests and the first races. Then the tires were changed, and they got problems,” Biaggi analyzed.
How does Biaggi feel about his friend Jorge Lorenzo’s performance in his first year at Ducati?
“Jorge never gave up, even if the results didn’t come back. He always remained optimistic. And now he’s competitive. In Misano he was fast before his fall, in Aragón he led for a long time and made it to the podium. I’m sure a victory will follow soon. As soon as he can tune the plane the way he needs it, he’ll be in front. Next year he will be fighting for the title,” the Italian is convinced.