Biaggi confident shoulder won’t hamper him

As he gears up for yet another comeback race, Max Biaggi is confident his efforts won't be hampered by his shoulder injury.

The Roman Emperor is currently putting in the laps at the Losail circuit as he prepares for yet another swansong, this time in Qatar.

Although the 44-year-old retired at the end of the 2012 World Superbike season, he was back in action earlier this year racing for Aprilia at Misano and again at Sepang.

After the latter he again called it quits on his racing career and went out in style with a podium finish on his final race day.

However, Biaggi will ride again, this time in Losail as he contests the season-ending WSBK race weekend with Aprilia.

He spent four days testing at the Qatar circuit this week and is confident the shoulder injury he sustained ahead of the Sepang weekend won't have a negative impact on his chances.

"I'm happy with how the shoulder is," he told the official WSBK website. "It's not as strong as before but at least it is no longer hurting."

As for his test, Biaggi had to contend with "extreme conditions" as the teamperatures reached "40 degrees Celsius during the day; even at night, around 10 or 11 o’clock, we’ve got 35 degrees and 80% humidity."

He was, however, excited about racing at night.

He added: "Riding at night absolutely fascinates me. The eyes need to get accustomed to these enormously bright floodlights, which are really powerful. It seems like it's daytime!"