Originally Posted by aren
Um, Biaggi never rode the current M1 - or any 4 stroke Yamaha. He was with Yamaha when 500cc GP was still going. He complained about the Yamaha because it sucked. Rossi was either on the NSR500 or starting to use the new RCV. The NSR and/or RCV were leagues ahead of any Yamaha bike until 2004.
Yamaha debuted the M1 in 2002 when the championship switched from GP500 to Moto GP. He rode that for 2002 and 2003, the Camel Honda for 2004, and the Repsol Honda for 2005.
Biaggi does complain A LOT. But all of his complaints for the 05 season were plausible. Honda ran into A LOT of trouble that year and nobody on a Honda really did well until the end of the season - namely Marco Melandri. Even Sete who placed runner-up 2 years in a row ended up placing 7th or so in 2005. They were having handling problems all year long. Probably because every year they changed development riders for the Repsol team and every rider went in different directions with the bike (Rossi to Barros to Biaggi).
I don't really doubt Biaggi's complaints. In 05 the RCV had a lot of problems with chatter and wasn't as strong as the M1 under braking. I can also see where his sabotage comment came from. HRC is and always has been about pushing the envelope and trying new things. It could very well be that they put parts on his bike that he didn't ask for or maybe they changed the settings without him knowing. Of course that's not exactly sabotage, Honda doesn't spend many millions of dollars in Moto GP only to sabotage their own riders.
In the end the way he complained and bashed HRC to the public (much the same way he did with Yamaha) was disrespectful and unprofessional and that's why he didn't have a ride this season. Even if there were real problems with the bike his approach is not the way to solve them.
As for Sete's problems with the RCV, I think they were more mental than actual problems with the bike. I don't even remember how many times he crashed (usually out of the lead).
Biaggi isn't my favourite rider, but I miss him in GP. That is where he belongs with everyone else. He was #1 before Rossi came along. And now Pedrosa may dethrone Rossi.
Biaggi might have been #1 in 250 cc but he has never been #1 in the premier class. To ever be considered number 1, you would have to actually win a championship.
I am very curious to see how Rossi takes defeat when he is no longer consistantly on top. His lowest placing was 9th place back in his 250 days over 5 years ago - it's been awhile. Since then, he's either placed 1st or 2nd in every championship.
I think we'll see Rossi with a vengeance in 07. The only X factor will be if Yamaha can give him a competitive bike.