Honda’s Max Biaggi says one of four riders will lift next year’s MotoGP crown, there will be a three-way battle for the constructor’s title - and that he will kick Valentino Rossi’s butt.

Honda’s Max Biaggi says one of four riders will lift next year’s MotoGP crown, there will be a three-way battle for the constructor’s title - and that he will kick Valentino Rossi’s butt.


"I am optimistic about next season, which I think will be one of the most thrilling and hard fought of the last few years," Biaggi said. "I know I'm among those in contention and think that the title will be between me, Rossi (Yamaha) - who will always be a threat - Loris Capirossi (Ducati) and Sete Gibernau (Honda).


"I'm hoping to start the season well and to have the same equipment as others from the beginning. The president of Honda Racing, (Suguru) Kanazawa, has confirmed that next year all six Honda riders will have the same machinery.


There has been a much-publicised Biaggi/Rossi rivalry ever since Rossi stepped on to a 500cc Honda NSR in 2000. In the past the pair have literally come to blows, but more recently there has been a more relaxed and respectful attitude towards each other.


"I've never been afraid to race anyone - the battles stimulate me," said Biaggi, avoiding direct reference to the newly-signed Yamaha rider.


Biaggi has won 41 grands prix since his début in the 1991 French 250cc Grand Prix, with 29 of those taken in the quarter-litre class - where he claimed four world titles. But which, of all his victories in the 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP class, does he value the most?


"That would be my 500cc debut, at Suzuka (in 1998). I took pole position with a best lap more than a second faster than (Mick) Doohan, then led the race from start to finish," the Camel Pramac Pons rider told .

Original article from Car