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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 16:21 GMT
Biaggi ponders future after test
Max Biaggi sits in a Midland Formula One car at Silverstone on Wednesday
Biaggi is pondering a move from bikes to four wheels
Max Biaggi's future career path is still uncertain after he test drove for Formula One team Midland on Wednesday.

The four-time world 250cc champion completed nine laps at Silverstone and admitted he would relish another go.

Left without a team after being axed by Honda, Biaggi has also been pondering a move to World Superbikes with Suzuki.

Biaggi, 34, said: "Maybe this year I will still race bikes but nothing is decided. But if there is another chance for an F1 test drive I will take it."

Biaggi's work-out at a rain-lashed Silverstone only fuelled speculation that he is keen to beat Italian compatriot and old MotoGP rival Valentino Rossi to a seat in F1.

Rossi has tested several times for Ferrari - and is to undertake a series of runs this year to try to prepare himself for a possible full-time race seat in 2007.

But Biaggi, who also tested for Ferrari before Rossi's domination of MotoGP started, said: "It was a good chance to sit in a Formula One car again and go to Silverstone where I didn't know the track.

Max Biaggi starts his test for Midland at Silverstone on Wednesday
Biaggi heads out of the pits at a rain-soaked Silverstone
"But it's not a kind of competition to see who jumps into Formula One first.

"It's all about getting the right feeling and checking if I feel comfortable inside a car.

"At the moment it is too early to say, very early, but I don't close any doors about these opportunities," he said.

Midland, who officially enter F1 this year after a buy-out of Jordan, have signed up Dutchman Christijan Albers as one race driver, with Portugal's Tiago Monteiro expected to partner him for the 2006 season.

But they have an opening as a test driver after Nicky Pastorelli lost his sponsor.

Biaggi is unlikely to be considered for a serious role with the team, however, even though Wednesday's outing was at Midland's invitation.

Biaggi added: "We didn't make any further plans because in one month's time these guys will have to race and the championship will start for them and there will be too much happening."

Meanwhile, defending world champion Rossi, 26, has one more year left on his Yamaha contract and is bidding to land his sixth successive MotoGP title.


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