The Italian rider Max Biaggi will compete next season in the FIM World Superbike Championship (WSBK) with a bike from the current champions' Suzuki's stable.
This confirms the situation that Biaggi will no longer continue his career in the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) after a disappointed 2005 season in which he finished fifth place with the Repsol Honda team taking no victories and was far away in the chase for the World Championship.
Biaggi announced two days ago that he will unveil a book, to be published in a few weeks time, in which all the secrets of his relationship with Repsol Honda will be revealed and exactly what led to his departure from one of the top teams in the Continental Circus.
Team Alstare Suzuki dominated the WSBK last year taking the championship with their bike in the capable hands of Troy Corser. Biaggi won't be able to carry number '3' on his bike as he did in MotoGP because it belongs to Japanese rider Norick Abe, so the Italian will have number '30' in his new challenge.
Biaggi had also negotiated with Kawasaki for next season when he realized his MotoGP options were done.
The 34 year old rider won four times the World Championship in the 250cc class from 1994 to 1997. He also scored 13 victories in MotoGP and three times was the sub-championship ('98, '01 and '02).
Another Italian rider, Franco Battaini, will also move from MotoGP to WSBK this year. The 33 year old rider will compete with a Kawasaki ZX10R for the Bertocchi team.
The WSBK championship begins on February 25th on Losail Circuit of Doha, Qatar.