Rossi v Bi­aggi

Catalunya, 2001

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Valentino Rossi had no time for Max Bi­aggi’s in­suf­fer­able pride. The fuse for their in­fa­mous 2001 Cata­lan GP punch-up was lit in the Suzuka Cir­cuit Ho­tel restau­rant dur­ing the 1997 Ja­panese GP, where Bi­aggi told the young­ster to re­mem­ber who was num­ber one.

By 2001, Rossi was the one charg­ing to­wards the 500cc ti­tle. But Bi­aggi started to haul him in. By the time they got to Catalunya the ten­sion was pal­pa­ble. Af­ter the race, it boiled over.

In the race, Rossi came through from 12th to beat Bi­aggi and Loris Capirossi to vic­tory. As the three Ital­ians climbed a stair­case into the podium ante-room a scuf­fle broke out. VR’S team boss Carlo Fio­rani grabbed Bi­aggi, who head­but­ted Fio­rani, while Rossi landed a blow on Bi­aggi’s face.

Dur­ing the post-podium press con­fer­ence, a jour­nal­ist asked Bi­aggi, “What’s the mark on your face?” He replied: “A mos­quito bit me.” Class.

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