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Max Biaggi to test for Midland F1 team?

Former MotoGP rider will try out a Midland Formula One car at Silverstone to prepare for Superbikes 2006.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 16:47 IST

Former MotoGP rider Max Biaggi will try out a Midland Formula One car at Silverstone on Wednesday, the team said.

Midland said the 34-year-old Italian, dropped by his Honda team in motorcycling's top category at the end of last season, had expressed an interest in driving the car.

"We are just fulfilling a dream," a spokesman said.

"He said that if he was going to do Superbikes in 2006 then this would be an ideal opportunity to learn the Silverstone circuit."

Biaggi, four times a 250cc world champion, has talked about a switch to world superbikes although he has also hinted on his website at a four-wheeled future.

The Roman tried out a Ferrari Formula One car in Italy in 1999, something MotoGP champion and compatriot Valentino Rossi has been doing more seriously of late.

While 26-year-old Rossi has had three Ferrari tests and is seen as a real prospect to switch from two wheels to four, Biaggi is unlikely to be considered for a serious role at Midland.

Wednesday's outing, consisting of a limited number of laps in last year's car, will nonetheless provide useful publicity for both him and the team.

Midland, formerly Jordan, have signed up Dutchman Christijan Albers as one race driver with Portugal's Tiago Monteiro expected to partner him.

First Published: Jan 18, 2006 16:47 IST