Ousted MotoGP star Max Biaggi has revealed that he is still deep in negotiations with reigning World Superbike champions Alstare Suzuki for a 2006 seat, but that a deal is yet to be reach due to a lack of 'technical guarantees'.source: crash.net
"Currently the accord with the Suzuki Alstare has not been reached because, despite everybody efforts, there aren't the necessary technical guarantees that would allow me to fight on equal terms, in a very competitive championship as the SBK," Biaggi, who recently tested for the Midland F1 team, wrote on his official website.
"That's not for sure because of my hesitancy or because of my prolonged permanence in America, as someone has written. I've shown my interest to participate in the Superbike Championship and I've always been available to discuss its details, ready to jump on the first airplane as soon as it had been necessary, and so it's been.
"Anyway in America, as I've already told you, I've spent the main part of my holidays training and this is because I cannot wait to stand on the starting grid.
"I also have to say that I've been able too see the SBK motorbike closer and I've been very impressed by its beauty; the great attention of the details and of all the particulars is amazing. If we consider the lap times as well, is not so far from the bikes I've used till today.
"However, I hope to be able to give you some good news in the next days..."
The 'technical guarantees' Biaggi refers to are thought to mean that he wants a bike as close as possible to that of reigning champion Troy Corser. Suzuki is thought to be willing to supply the extra machinery, and tyres clearly aren't a factor, but it is reported that some of Alstare's component suppliers (particularly Showa suspension) are reluctant to become involved in the Biaggi project.
The opening round of the 2006 World Superbike championship takes place at Qatar, a track Biaggi knows from MotoGP, on February 25.