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Biaggi clarifies Copperfield comment

Max Biaggi is adamant his comments saying Valentino Rossi is like David Copperfield were not a criticism.

Nemesis in the past, the battles between Biaggi and Rossi were well documented although there has been a thawing in the relationship in recent years.

However, the rivalry reared its head again when Biaggi, who last year won the World Superbike title before retiring from racing, likened Rossi, who is returning to Yamaha this season, to magician Copperfield.

"Valentino Rossi is like Copperfield! After two bad seasons [at Ducati] he managed to get the world champion winning bike," Biaggi said.

The Italian's comments were taken by many as criticism of Rossi, which Biaggi insists was never his intention.

"Saying Rossi is like Copperfield was meant to be a compliment. Only a magician like him could recover so well after two years that were so difficult.

"Getting back on the world championship winning Yamaha with Lorenzo was anything but easy. I wish them both good luck."


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