Biaggi Love and Friendship Tour Hits Assen
Max Biaggi copped a total of $6000 in fines after final qualifying today at Assen. After running out of qualifying tire he toured through the last couple of minutes of the session and managed to get in Marco Melandri's way twice, once at the new chicane when Marco was on a fast lap and then while doing a practice start before the flag went out.
Marco had a few words with him on the slow down lap, Max had a few words back and waved an elbow towards Marco. Melandri stuck his knee in and Max nearly slipped off his bike. Back in parc ferme, Max's Uncle Valerio tried to strangle Melandri.
Incidentally, Max had already been involved in a scary incident at the new chicane. On a fast lap, he saw the WCM of Battaini ahead of him, made a lunge to get to the corner before the slower bike, got in too hot, ran across the chicane, and took Battaini's front wheel away after rejoining the track.
Battaini was thrown off his bike and was actually clinging to the tail of Max's Honda for a couple of seconds.