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Loris Capirossi

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Loris Capirossi - 2010 Qatar MotoGP
Rider: Loris Capirossi
Nickname: Capirex
Born: April 4, 1973 in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna
Nationality: Italian
Status: Retired
Machine: #65
One of the great Italian riders to grace the GP scene is Loris Capirossi, who has been winning races and championships since a teenager. He won the 125cc World Championship at age 17 - the youngest rider to ever claim a world title at that time.

In 1995 he moved into the 500cc Grand Prix World Championship with Pileri Honda. After struggling for a year he won a race in 1996 for Wayne Rainey's Yamaha team. Capirossi then returned to the 250cc championship to race for Aprilia in 1997. The 1998 season saw him win the 250cc series, however Capirossi was let go by Aprilia during the off-season after controversially ramming his own teammate, Tetsuya Harada, during the final race in Argentina. He was taken up by Honda and finished third overall in the '99 championship, which included being black flagged for dangerous riding at Mugello.

In 2000, Capirossi returned to the 500cc world championship and stayed there through its evolution into the 800cc MotoGP. In 2003 he jumped ship from Honda to Ducati, earning Ducati's its first win at Barcelona and fourth overall before a slightly disappointing 2004 season. Most of 2005 was spent adjusting to the bike and new Bridgestone tires, which would pay off in 2006 when Capirossi scored third in the MotoGP series. The fact that Capirex did well was underscored by the fact that many of his results were earned while riding injured from the infamous first-turn incident at Catalunya. Despite being mangled from the crash, the lion-hearted Capirossi kept racing.

Loris Capirossi posted his quickest-lap ever around the Ricaro Tormo Circuit on Tuesday during testing.
Following his worst result in the premier class, Capirossi has signed with Pramac Ducati for 2011.
2007 was not a strong season for Capirossi. Ducati soon afterward announced the signing of Marco Melandri and the extension of Casey Stoner's contract, leaving Capirossi's position uncertain. On August 16, 2007 Capirossi announced that he was parting ways with Ducati to campaign alongside Chris Vermeulen aboard the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R.

His ninth consecutive year in the premier series was filled with highs and lows, and ultimately the 36-year-old's hope for a 100th career podium-finish remained out of reach. 2010 was Capirossi's worst year in terms of results. The Italian finished 16th in the end, and it was the first time he finished outside the top-10 in the premier class. Furthermore, Capirossi suffered a groin injury near the end of the season which affected his performance.

For 2011 the Italian will be moving back to Ducati with the Pramac Ducati team. Competing in his 21st year at the Grand Prix level, Capirossi will race the Desmosedici he helped originally develop back in 2007.
Loris Capirossi Articles
Capirossi Posts 2013 MotoGP Calendar
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Former MotoGP racer Loris Capirossi posted up a list of the provisional 2013 MotoGP Calendar today on his Twitter account.
Loris Capirossi Takes Advisory Role in MotoGP
Monday, November 14, 2011
Loris Capirossi has been appointed an advisory role in MotoGP for 2012 and will assist with matters of safety in the upcoming world championship.
Loris Capirossi Out for Motegi MotoGP
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Pramac Racing Team announced Loris Capirossi will be forced to miss the Motegi MotoGP round due to injury.
Loris Capirossi Retires  Riders Pay Tribute
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Loris Capirossi has announced he will retire at the end of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship during an emotional press conference at the Misano circuit.
Loris Capirossi Announces Retirement
Thursday, September 01, 2011
After three world titles and 22 years of competing at the World Championship level, Italian rider Loris Capirossi announced today he will retire at the end of this year's MotoGP season.
Loris Capirossi Mulling Over Retirement
Monday, July 18, 2011
Pramac Ducati's Loris Capirossi has hinted that he may retire following his 2011 MotoGP season.
Loris Capirossi Signs with Pramac Ducati
Friday, October 29, 2010
The venerable veteran of MotoGP, Loris Capirossi, has signed on with the Pramac Racing MotoGP team for 2011.
Loris Capirossi out for Phillip Island
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Following Loris Capirossi's crash during qualifying at Phillip Island, the Rizla Suzuki rider will not be participating in the Australian GP due to injury.
Capirossi and Bautista Visit Suzuki Factory
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Rizla Suzuki MotoGP riders Loris Capirossi and Alvaro Bautista visited the Suzuki Factory at Hamamatsu in Japan earlier this week, en-route to the second test of the year at Sepang in Malaysia.
Capirossi Stays Suzuki for 2010 MotoGP
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of Loris Capirossi for the 2010 MotoGP World Championship. This announcement confirms Chris Vermeulen will not race with Rizla Suzuki in 2010.
Capirossi and Vermeulen Ready for First Test
Monday, February 02, 2009
Suzuki’s MotoGP team is on its way to Sepang for the first test of 2009 following the winter test ban, with high hopes as it begins its preparations for the forthcoming season.
Capirossi  Vermeulen Test in Wind Tunnel
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Rizla Suzuki's MotoGP riders Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen are starting a rigorous test schedule that includes wind tunnel testing in Japan.
MotoGP Capirossi Scores Rally Podium
Monday, November 10, 2008
Loris Capirossi traded two wheels for four when the Rizla Suzuki rider drove his Suzuki Swift to a third-place podium finish in the Swift Sport Cup Tempest Rally.
Loris Capirossi Career Highlights
2011 - 17th MotoGP - Ducati
2010 - 16th MotoGP - Suzuki
2009 - 9th MotoGP - Suzuki
2008 - 10th MotoGP - Suzuki
2007 - 7th MotoGP - Ducati
2006 - 3rd MotoGP - Ducati
2005 - 6th MotoGP - Ducati
2004 - 9th MotoGP - Ducati
2003 - 4th MotoGP - Ducati
2002 - 8th MotoGP - Honda
2001 - 3rd 500 GP - Honda
2000 - 7th 500 GP - Honda
1999 - 3rd 250 GP - Honda
1998 - 1st 250 GP - Aprilia
1997 - 6th 250 GP - Aprilia
1996 - 10th 500 GP - Yamaha
1995 - 6th 500 GP - Honda
1994 - 3rd 250 GP - Honda
1993 - 2st 250 GP - Honda
1992 - 12th 250 GP - Honda
1991 - 1st 150 GP - Honda
1990 - 1st 150 GP - Honda
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