Biaggi: 'I'm blossoming, Rossi wilts'

"I was the devil, he was the smiling angel," says Biaggi

AHEAD of the Imola World Superbike round Max Biaggi, in an preview interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, took an opportunity to take a dig at his old rival Valentino Rossi

"At the beginning of my career everything was going smoothly and then Valentino Rossi arrived and I became the villain," started Biaggi. "Our rivalry was taken outside the motorcycle racing world and away from passionate racing fans, but it was a mask, people who know me well know that I’m a different person."

He added: “We’ve never tried to clear up what happened. I was the devil, he was the smiling angel, now that things aren’t going so well he doesn’t joke around like before. And you get these thoughts: like he’s a flower that is losing his petals, while I’ve blossomed again..."

Despite turning 41 this year Biaggi did not reject the idea of a return to MotoGP: “Now I’m in Superbikes, this summer I’ll think about the future. If they try hard enough, I’ll think about it." He added negotiations with Aprilia haven't started yet, "We haven’t spoken, because off track I’m not that fast.”

On the claims that the Aprilia RSV4 the Roman Emperor is a MotoGP bike disguised as a World Superbike, he said: “In Australia I was pushed off at the first corner and I didn’t gain anything on Checa who was leading, Ducati is the reference, before accusing anyone they’d better look in their own home. In 2010 I won, last season Checa won: we’ll see who’s better.”

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