Biaggi is said to be more motivated and fitter than ever and has already asked to test his new Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 as soon as possible.
"Today is a good day,” he said. “I have always followed the World Superbike Championship and my view is that it is an extremely exciting Championship. I have always admired the riders taking part in the World Superbike Championship and I value the class’s technical level.
”I have known Francis Batta and his family for years and have a lot of respect for him as he has devoted so much time and attention to promoting the profile of the World Superbike Championship. I am back in competitive sport and I am happy to be riding for an official team - Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. I am as determined as ever and really want to win the Superbike World Championship. This is probably the biggest challenge of my sporting career.”
Batta said: “Max Biaggi is definitely a valuable addition to my team and to the world of Superbike. He will have the best possible staff at his disposal. I have enormous trust in his capabilities and know that his desire is to become the first Italian rider to win the World Superbike Championship.”
Paolo Alberto Flammini, CEO of FGSport, showed huge enthusiasm when hearing the news of Biaggi’s arrival.
As soon as Francis Batta told him that the agreement had been signed, he declared: “The arrival in the Superbike World Championship of one of the greatest riders in the history of motorcycle racing proves the tremendous fascination the series has for motorcycle fanatics. Furthermore, Max’s participation is the result of a collaboration between Team Alstare and FGSport. We are convinced that he will help boost public interest in the World Superbike Championship. His presence will also improve the competitiveness and spectacle which make the World Superbike Championship one of the most exciting series in the world today.”