Loris Capirossi

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Loris Capirossi
2005 0429 Loris Capirossi.jpg
Capirossi in 2005
Nationality Italian
Born (1973-04-04) April 4, 1973 (age 41)
Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Italy
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 19951996, 20002011
Manufacturers Honda (1995, 20002002)
Yamaha (1996)
Ducati (20032007, 2011)
Suzuki (20082010)
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
217 9 42 13 10 1840
250cc World Championship
Active years 19921994, 19971999
Manufacturers Honda (19921994, 1999)
Aprilia (19971998)
Championships 1 (1998)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
84 12 37 23 18 968
125cc World Championship
Active years 19901991
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 2 (1990, 1991)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
27 8 20 5 4 382
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 19902011
First race 1990 125cc Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 2011 MotoGP Valencian Grand Prix
First win 1990 125cc British Grand Prix
Last win 2007 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix
Championships 3
125cc: 1990, 1991
250cc: 1998
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
328 29 99 41 32 3190

Loris Capirossi (born April 4, 1973 in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna) is a retired Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who competed between 1990 and 2011. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia, and is the first Grand Prix rider to make at least 300 race starts, having made his 300th start at the 2010 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.[1]

Currently Capirossi is Bridgestone’s Safety Advisor to Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Biography[edit]

125cc career[edit]

Capirossi made his World Championship debut at 125cc level, and in his first full season of Grands Prix he took his first title aged only seventeen. He finished in the top six on ten occasions, eight of them on the podium, and took wins in Britain, Hungary and Australia. The massed Italian contingent helped him out in the final round, but it was still an impressive achievement, with 182 points scored. His second season (1991) was even better, and saw him defend the 125 title fairly comfortably. He was only once off the front row of the grid, and had five pole positions, as well as four fastest laps. From thirteen rounds, he was on the rostrum for twelve, and finished sixth in the other. He came second five times, and was a winner in Australia, Malaysia, and three European venues. Of his 225 points, 200 of them counted, and were plenty enough to help him move up to the 250s. During this second season, Capirosssi and his team were sponsored by AGV Helmets and AGV Sport leathers.

250cc career[edit]

Capirossi moved up to 250cc class for the 1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season on a year-old bike. In 1993 Capirossi made his first win at Netherland Grand Prix and another two in San Marino and United States Grand Prix but finished second only four points behind Harada. It was same in 1994, this time with one win more. He finished third at the end of the season behind Max Biaggi and Tadayuki Okada.

500cc career[edit]

The 1995 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was Capirossi's first season in the top-level 500cc championship, aboard a Pileri Honda, often qualifying better than he raced but still taking 6th in the series. In 1996 Capirossi retired from five of the first seven races, but thereafter he was often in the points and won the final race in Australia riding for Wayne Rainey's Yamaha team.

Return to 250cc[edit]

Capirossi returned to the 250cc championship for 1997, battling his Aprilia team-mate, Tetsuya Harada down to the final race of the 1998 season when the two riders were involved in a controversial incident in Argentina. Harada was leading the race into the final corner of the final lap when Harada's bike was rammed from behind by Capirossi's machine, sending the Japanese rider off the track. Valentino Rossi took the victory whilst Capirossi recovered to claim second place and the world championship. Aprilia would release him during the off-season. He moved to Honda for the 1999 season, taking third in the championship with three victories. He was involved in further controversy in the 1999 season, being black flagged at Mugello for dangerous riding after being involved with an incident with Marcellino Lucchi at the start of the race, as well as passing under yellow flags.

500cc & MotoGP[edit]

Capirossi returned to the 500cc championship for 2000, and had been there through its evolution to the 800cc four-stroke MotoGP era. He won at his home race and finished 7th overall, one point behind Carlos Checa. 2001 season was better than year before without win during that year. Also it was the last season for 500cc class, but for 2002 season Capirossi dealt that he would ride inferior bike from 2001. 2002 was a less competitive year, hampered by a wrist injury in the seventh race of the season when he missed the chicane and turned from the track. He was not given access to Honda's four-stroke machine in late 2002 when team-mate Alex Barros was, as he was already to leave the team.

In 2003, he joined Ducati, taking their first win at Barcelona and fourth overall, before a slightly disappointing 2004 on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip. He stayed in the team for the 2005 season, which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tyres.

Capirossi and Ducati started the 2006 season with a striking victory and he had a second place in both the French and Italian grand prix, tying for first in Moto GP points with American Nicky Hayden. However, he was caught up in a multiple bike collision at the start at Barcelona, missing the restart and losing championship ground to Hayden. Though he was knocked out in this horrendous looking accident, he did not suffer very serious injuries beyond significant bruising. He returned for the next round, but a run of less competitive results saw him slip to fifth in the standings before the race at Brno. In this race he started second, took the lead at the start, and pulled away from the field for an easy victory. He attributed this to a late setup change the team believe can be applied to the bike at all circuits. He moved up in the championship standings to finish third overall, after taking second at the final race behind stand-in team-mate Troy Bayliss.

2007 was not as strong a season for Capirossi. Immediately following the conclusion of the 2007 US Grand Prix race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Ducati announced the signing of Marco Melandri and the extension of Casey Stoner's contract for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. This left Capirossi without a firm position on the Marlboro Ducati team; the possibilities were mooted to be a third position on the factory team, or an option to manage a satellite team. Capirossi was not informed of the decision before the story was released to the press, much to his displeasure.[2]

On 16 August 2007, Capirossi announced that he would ride with the Suzuki factory team in 2008 and 2009 seasons, alongside Australian Chris Vermeulen.[3]

2008 was a less competitive season than year due to many weak results during the season. The only podium Capirossi had was in the Czech Republic at Brno. In Spain, Capirossi was injured and missed two races. He finished the season in tenth place, his lowest position since 1996. In 2009, his season started with a crash in Qatar, when he was in second place. In Italy, Capirossi fought with Stoner for first place but fell to fifth place due to his slower Suzuki on the main straight. He finished the season in ninth place without a podium for the first time since 1992. On 11 April 2010, Capirossi became the first rider in the history of the sport to start 300 races, when he finished ninth in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. The rest of his campaign has been plagued by retirements and injury. For 2011 Capirossi announced that he would ride for Ducati Pramac Team.

On 11 June 2010, Capirossi rode a Suzuki around the Snaefell Mountain Course on the Isle of Man as part of Suzuki's 50th anniversary at the Isle of Man TT. On completion of his lap, Capirossi described the experience as 'amazing'.

On 1 September 2011, Capirossi announced that he would retire from MotoGP racing, at the end of the 2011 season.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Married to Ingrid Tence, the couple reside in Monaco. Their first child, a boy named Riccardo, was born on 2 April 2007.

In August 2007, the Italian taxation authority announced that Capirossi is being investigated for suspected tax evasion in relation to an alleged undeclared earnings of €1.3 million (US$1.77 million) in 2002. The authority is already investigating London resident Valentino Rossi. Capirossi's manager Carlo Pernat told the press: "It's absolutely absurd. Loris really lives in Monte Carlo. I don't understand what they can hold against him. He doesn't own anything in Italy."[5]

Capirossi is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Monaco-based international organization Peace and Sport.

Career statistics[edit]

By season[edit]

Seas Class Moto Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
1990 125cc Honda RS125 Polini Honda 14 3 8 0 0 182 1st 1
1991 125cc Honda RS125 Polini Honda 13 5 12 5 4 200 1st 1
1992 250cc NSR250 Marlboro Honda 13 0 0 0 0 27 12th
1993 250cc NSR250 Marlboro Honda 14 3 7 7 5 193 2nd
1994 250cc NSR250 Marlboro Honda 14 4 9 5 5 199 3rd
1995 500cc Honda NSR500 Team Pileri 12 0 1 0 0 108 6th
1996 500cc Yamaha YZR500 Rainey-Yamaha 15 1 2 0 0 98 10th
1997 250cc Aprilia RS250 Aprilia Racing Team 14 0 3 1 2 116 6th
1998 250cc Aprilia RS250 Aprilia Racing Team 14 2 9 8 3 224 1st 1
1999 250cc Honda NSR250 Elf Axo Honda 15 3 9 2 3 209 3rd
2000 500cc Honda NSR500 West Honda Pons 16 1 4 1 1 154 7th
2001 500cc Honda NSR500 West Honda Pons 16 0 9 4 1 210 3rd
2002 MotoGP Honda NSR500 West Honda Pons 14 0 2 0 0 109 8th
2003 MotoGP Ducati GP3 Ducati Marlboro 16 1 6 3 1 177 4th
2004 MotoGP Ducati GP4 Ducati Marlboro 16 0 1 0 1 117 9th
2005 MotoGP Ducati GP5 Ducati Marlboro 15 2 4 3 1 157 6th
2006 MotoGP Ducati GP6 Ducati Marlboro 17 3 8 2 5 229 3rd
2007 MotoGP Ducati GP7 Ducati Marlboro 18 1 4 0 0 166 7th
2008 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki 16 0 1 0 0 118 10th
2009 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki 17 0 0 0 0 110 9th
2010 MotoGP Suzuki GSV-R Rizla Suzuki 16 0 0 0 0 44 16th
2011 MotoGP Ducati GP11 Pramac Racing 13 0 0 0 0 43 17th
Total 328 29 99 41 32 3190 3

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 1990–1991 1990 Japan 1990 Nations 1990 Britain 27 8 20 5 4 382 2
250cc 1992–1994, 1997–1999 1992 Japan 1993 Austria 1993 Dutch 84 12 37 23 18 968 1
500cc 1995–1996, 2000–2001 1995 Australia 1995 Catalunya 1996 Australia 59 2 16 5 2 570 0
MotoGP 2002–2011 2002 Japan 2002 S. Africa 2003 Catalunya 158 7 26 8 8 1270 0
Total 1990–2011 328 29 99 41 32 3190 3

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
1990 125cc Honda JPN
6
SPA
7
NAT
3
GER
3
AUT
2
YUG
2
NED
Ret
BEL
2
FRA
4
GBR
1
SWE
7
CZE
Ret
HUN
1
AUS
1
1st 182
1991 125cc Honda JPN
3
AUS
1
SPA
3
ITA
2
GER
2
AUT
6
EUR
1
NED
2
FRA
1
GBR
1
RSM
2
CZE
2
MAL
1
1st 200
1992 250cc Honda JPN
9
AUS
Ret
MAL
9
SPA
11
ITA
9
EUR
Ret
GER
9
NED
8
HUN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
BRA
7
RSA
5
12th 27
1993 250cc Honda AUS
Ret
MAL
12
JPN
10
SPA
10
AUT
2
GER
2
NED
1
EUR
Ret
RSM
1
GBR
2
CZE
5
ITA
2
USA
1
FIM
5
2nd 193
1994 250cc Honda AUS
3
MAL
3
JPN
2
SPA
Ret
AUT
1
GER
1
NED
Ret
ITA
3
FRA
1
GBR
1
CZE
Ret
USA
Ret
ARG
5
EUR
2
3rd 199
1995 500cc Honda AUS
8
MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
SPA
6
GER
6
ITA
9
NED
4
FRA
DNS
GBR
4
CZE
4
BRA
9
ARG
5
EUR
3
6th 108
1996 500cc Yamaha MAL
Ret
INA
3
JPN
Ret
SPA
4
ITA
Ret
FRA
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
12
GBR
6
AUT
8
CZE
5
IMO
Ret
CAT
9
BRA
12
AUS
1
10th 98
1997 250cc Aprilia MAL
Ret
JPN
11
SPA
Ret
ITA
3
AUT
4
FRA
4
NED
3
IMO
Ret
GER
5
BRA
4
GBR
3
CZE
Ret
CAT
5
INA
14
AUS
DNS
6th 116
1998 250cc Aprilia JPN
9
MAL
5
SPA
1
ITA
4
FRA
3
MAD
3
NED
Ret
GBR
1
GER
4
CZE
2
IMO
2
CAT
3
AUS
2
ARG
2
1st 224
1999 250cc Honda MAL
1
JPN
3
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
DSQ
CAT NED
1
GBR
2
GER
2
CZE
7
IMO
1
VAL
3
AUS
6
RSA
5
BRA
3
ARG
Ret
3rd 209
2000 500cc Honda RSA
3
MAL
Ret
JPN
12
SPA
6
FRA
8
ITA
1
CAT
6
NED
3
GBR
4
GER
6
CZE
5
POR
13
VAL
Ret
BRA
Ret
PAC
8
AUS
2
7th 154
2001 500cc Honda JPN
8
RSA
2
SPA
8
FRA
7
ITA
2
CAT
3
NED
3
GBR
10
GER
8
CZE
3
POR
2
VAL
Ret
PAC
3
AUS
3
MAL
2
BRA
5
3rd 210
2002 MotoGP Honda JPN
9
RSA
3
SPA
4
FRA
7
ITA
6
CAT
6
NED
Ret
GBR GER CZE
6
POR
Ret
BRA
5
PAC
3
MAL
9
AUS
Ret
VAL
Ret
8th 109
2003 MotoGP Ducati JPN
3
RSA
Ret
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
2
CAT
1
NED
6
GBR
4
GER
4
CZE
Ret
POR
3
BRA
6
PAC
8
MAL
6
AUS
2
VAL
3
4th 177
2004 MotoGP Ducati RSA
6
SPA
12
FRA
10
ITA
8
CAT
10
NED
8
BRA
4
GER
Ret
GBR
7
CZE
5
POR
7
JPN
Ret
QAT
Ret
MAL
6
AUS
3
VAL
9
9th 117
2005 MotoGP Ducati SPA
13
POR
9
CHN
12
FRA
7
ITA
3
CAT
12
NED
10
USA
10
GBR
6
GER
9
CZE
2
JPN
1
MAL
1
QAT
10
AUS TUR VAL
7
6th 157
2006 MotoGP Ducati SPA
1
QAT
3
TUR
6
CHN
8
FRA
2
ITA
2
CAT
Ret
NED
15
GBR
9
GER
5
USA
8
CZE
1
MAL
2
AUS
7
JPN
1
POR
12
VAL
2
3rd 229
2007 MotoGP Ducati QAT
Ret
SPA
12
TUR
3
CHN
6
FRA
8
ITA
7
CAT
6
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
2
USA
Ret
CZE
6
RSM
5
POR
9
JPN
1
AUS
2
MAL
11
VAL
5
7th 166
2008 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
8
SPA
5
POR
9
CHN
9
FRA
7
ITA
7
CAT
Ret
GBR NED GER
7
USA
15
CZE
3
RSM
7
IND
16
JPN
6
AUS
10
MAL
7
VAL
9
10th 118
2009 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
Ret
JPN
7
SPA
6
FRA
8
ITA
5
CAT
5
NED
9
USA
Ret
GER
11
GBR
11
CZE
5
IND
7
RSM
5
POR
Ret
AUS
12
MAL
9
VAL
14
9th 110
2010 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
9
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
10
GBR
Ret
NED
13
CAT
7
GER
11
USA
10
CZE
Ret
IND
11
RSM
Ret
ARA JPN
Ret
MAL
Ret
AUS
DNS
POR
13
VAL
Ret
16th 44
2011 MotoGP Ducati QAT
Ret
SPA
11
POR
12
FRA
Ret
CAT
9
GBR
10
NED
DNS
ITA GER USA
12
CZE
13
IND
Ret
RSM
Ret
ARA
Ret
JPN AUS
9
MAL
C
VAL
9
17th 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capirossi to make it 300 in Qatar". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Ducati treatment angers Capirossi". BBC News. 7 August 2007. 
  3. ^ Capirossi to join Suzuki in 2008 BBC Sport – 16 August 2007
  4. ^ "MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi announces his retirement". BBC Sport (BBC). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Loris Capirossi investigated for alleged tax evasion International Herald Tribune – August 10, 2007

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Preceded by
Max Biaggi
250cc Motorcycle World Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Valentino Rossi
Preceded by
Àlex Crivillé
125cc Motorcycle World Champion
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Alessandro Gramigni