Reigning World Superbike champion Max Biaggi announced that he will not seek to defend his title in 2013, instead choosing to retire at the age of 41. He ends his motorsports career after 20 years in professional racing and six championship titles.
Biaggi has been a fixture on the racing circuit for some time, competing in the World Superbike series, MotoGP and the 250cc and 500cc classes of racing, according to News Australia. His career has not been without obstacles, as he left in 2005 after a series of struggles left him without a factory team. It was then when he made the move to the World Superbike Series and recaptured racing glory.
“It all started here and it all ends here,” Biaggi said at a press conference at the Vallelunga Circuit near Rome, as quoted by MotoMatters. “It’s the most difficult decision I’ve had to make. But I want the fans to remember me as a champion.”
Biaggi told reporters that a desire to spend more time with his family played into the decision to retire, the news source reports. He could have chosen to re-sign with Aprilia, as a contract offer was on the table, but ultimately chose to end his racing career with a championship.