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Capirossi makes 200th Grand Prix start this afternoon

Capirossi makes 200th Grand Prix start this afternoon

Capirossi makes 200th Grand Prix start this afternoon

Factory Ducati rider and former World Champion Loris Capirossi will finish a memorable season this afternoon by making his 200th Grand Prix start at Valencia and rounding off an impressive debut campaign for the Italian team.

The 30 year old winner of the 125cc (1990, 1991) and 250cc (1998) crowns starts from third place on the grid after having taking four podiums and one victory with the brand new Marlboro backed machine. He lies fourth in the Championship and cannot be caught; the standing represents his second top four result in the premier class (3rd in 2001). After tomorrow Capirossi will have completed 11 consecutive seasons finishing in the top ten across all three classes; 13 from 14 in total.

Capirossi made his GP debut 10 days before his 17th birthday, riding a Honda in the 125cc class at the opening race of the 1990 season at Suzuka where he finished in sixth place.

His first Grand Prix victory came in just his tenth start, at the British GP at Donington, when he became the youngest ever winner at that time. He went on to take the 125cc Championship in 1990 and became the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix world title – a record that still stands. After repeating his 125cc Championship win in 1991 Capirossi moved up to the 250cc class, again riding for Honda. He competed for three years in the 250cc class, during which time he took seven GP victories, before moving to the 500cc class in 1995 riding a Honda.

For the 1996 season Capirossi moved to the Rainey Yamaha Team and scored his first 500cc GP win at the final race of the year in Australia, making him one of only seven riders to have won in all three current classes (the others being Hailwood, Rossi, Read, Redman, Cadalora, Mortimer).

Capirossi then switched back to the 250cc class riding for Aprilia and went on to take the World Title in 1998. After another year in the 250cc class riding for Honda he moved back to the 500cc class for 2000. Since then he has scored two more victories, one riding the two-stroke Honda and then this year on the Ducati to become one of only six riders who have won in the premier-class on both two-stroke and four-stroke machines (the other being Giacomo Agostini, Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Alex Barros and Sete Gibernau). Still just 30 years old Capirossi become the youngest ever rider to compete at 200 separate Grand Prix events.

The Valencia GP will be the 655th Grand Prix event to be staged in the 55-years history of World Championship motorcycle racing, therefore Capirossi has appeared in 30.5% of all GP meetings.

MotoGP, 2003, Loris Capirossi

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