Born June 1971. Joined the Yamaha Marlboro Team in 1999 and over the next four years was Yamaha's ace rider. During that time, Max achieved six wins on the YZR500 and two on the YZR-M1. His rankings over those four years were 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 2nd respectively. He was also the first rider to notch up a win on the YZR-M1 (2002 Czech Republic GP). Many pointed out that his seemingly aggressive riding style was backed up by precisely calibrated technique. In the GP250, took the title four years in succession from 1994 (three times an Aprilia, and once on a Honda). Then, in 1998, upgraded to the 500cc class and ranked 2nd (Honda). The following year, 1999, switched to Yamaha. After leaving Yamaha, rode in the MotoGP and Superbike, and in 2010 took the WSB title on an Aprilia.
|Year||Class||Result & Pole position||Machine|
|1999||500cc||4th||PP: 1||1st: 1||2nd: 5||3rd: 1||YZR500(0WK1)|
|2000||500cc||3rd||PP: 5||1st: 2||2nd: 0||3rd: 2||YZR500(0WK6)|
|2001||500cc||2nd||PP: 7||1st: 3||2nd: 3||3rd: 3||YZR500(0WL6)|
|2002||MotoGP||2nd||PP: 4||1st: 2||2nd: 4||3rd: 2||YZR-M1(0WM1)|
*Results for years with a Yamaha factory team, riding a Yamaha factory machine or ranked 5th or higher riding a Yamaha production racer (World GP, World F750)