WSBK: Did Ducati handle the 2008 season? Max Biaggi says yes!

It is a case that is currently shaking the Landerneau of motorcycling in Italy and is opposed by a legendary rider, Max Biaggi, with one of his exs, Marco Borciani. The latter spoke of a 2008 WSBK season where he had the Roman emperor in his box, noting the bad memory he left this experience to bend, so to speak, to the four wills of a diva. A version of the story that angered the privateer who opens the files and unpacks everything about this year when Ducati would have manipulated the championship …

The fire started from Corsedimoto and, in the midst of the current drought during a heat wave that paralyzed the summer break at the Grand Prix, could only spread at the speed of one qualifying lap. In Italy, it consumes the motorcycle world because Ducati and its ethics are clearly questioned for Max Biaggifurious at being blacklisted for his former boss Marco Borcianithen owner of the Ducati satellite team on the World Superbike.

We are in 2008 and after a reminder of the facts, Max Biaggi strong attack on the management of this season by the management of Borgo Panigale … We read the following: ” He had signed a contract directly with Ducati, a contract that provided for the move to the official team for the following year. The bike I first tested in 2008 was an absolutely winning machine. Compared to the previous year, the bike gained 200 cc. The motorcycle on this occasion had the maximum revs at 11,500 rpm. A few days later we moved to Qatar, to do a new test and this time the bike lost 500 rpm, due to an alleged structural problem in the camshafts. We could do nothing but adapt “.

And this is where it all begins … ” In Valencia, during free practice, I realized that there was something wrong with the bike. I stopped in the pits and talked to the manager of my team. However, the problem remained undefined. I was overtaken by drivers I had never seen before! Absurd. My chief technician, after several round trips, finally admitted that the general manager of Ducati Corse, Filippo Preziosi, had ordered him to insert a specific map “.

Max Biaggi: ” only one pilot had to win, otherwise the regulations would have penalized the 2 cylinders, customers’ motorcycles had to be sanctioned

Max Biaggi then sell the wick: he only had to win one pilot, otherwise the regulations would have penalized the 2-cylinder. Indeed, if only one rider had won, the victory would have been attributable to his skill and not to a 2-cylinder technical advantage over the 4. My motorcycle had suddenly been damaged. At that time, the regulations mainly provided that the leveling of performance between 4 and 2 cylinders, after a displacement advantage in favor of the 2 cylinders of 200 cc, was done thanks to a different minimum weight and with the use of an air limiter, thus limiting the air entering the air box “.

Sanctions were easily triggered if there were a larger number of riders present in the first places, equipped with one of the two engines. The bike I tested in Australia was an absolute winner as it honestly had an excessive engine advantage. For this reason, to win the world championship, it was necessary to sanction the bikes of customers. If the podium had been monopolized by the 2 cylinders, enforcement would have reduced the Ducati 1098’s performance advantage. He says biaggi.

Which means, in short, that the title of Troy Bayliss of time is cardboard. Max Biaggi in addition it confirms it: when the overall Bayliss advantage was consolidated, the limiter on my bike moved to 12,250 rpm. All without any structural change! This same engine could now handle 1,250 rpm more. In summary, engine speed increased and decreased according to the overall classification. This is the truth I never told. But it helped me, it helped me win two more world championships with my Aprilia RSV4 “. Close ban …

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