Capirossi’s Golden GP Anniversary
Friday, April 16, 2010
Loris Capirossi’s longevity in Grand Prix racing is a testament to his success, talent and competitive drive. The elder statesman of MotoGP celebrated his 300th Grand Prix event under the lights of Qatar at the 2010 season opener, and Troy Lee Designs made the anniversary golden with the unique design of Capirex’s Suomy helmet. Read the PR below, courtesy of Rizla Suzuki, for the details:
Troy Lee Designs paint scheme for Capirossi's 300th GP included 24-carat gold sheeting.
made his 300th Grand Prix start at the Qatar race last weekend and to mark this momentous occasion he wore a very special one-off helmet.
Capirossi's Suomy Extreme helmet was painted by Troy Lee Designs. The one-off scheme was created to include the usual livery that adorns the Italian's helmets including the colours of Japan, Italy and Monaco - to represent the home of Suzuki, Capirossi's home country and his place of residence respectively - and also featured his bird design wearing a red scarf on the rear of the helmet. Uniquely, the designers and painters at Troy Lee also weaved their magic to incorporate fantastic looking genuine 24-carat gold sheeting to give Capirossi that extra 'bling' for this big event.
The helmet took 18 hours to paint and then a further three hours to lay the gold to the design. Each part of the gold was machine-turned to give the visually stunning circle effect that can be seen on the top and side stripes, and within the 300 logo that replaced Capirossi's usual 65.
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