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Capirossi to make 100th start in Portugal

Capirossi to make 100th start in Portugal

Capirossi to make 100th start in Portugal

The Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend represents a landmark achievement for Loris Capirossi, who is scheduled to make his 100th start in the premier-class. Capirossi debuted in the 500cc category back in 1995, taking 6th place overall for Marlboro Team Pileri Honda including a podium at the final race of the season at Catalunya.

In ‘96 another strong finish to the year saw the youngster take his first win in the class, clinching victory in the final race of the year at Eastern Creek in Australia after switching to Marlboro Yamaha Team Rainey.

After a brief but successful return to 250 class in 1997, winning the quarter-litre title the following season, Capirossi was back in the elite category with Honda Pons in 2000, taking four podium finishes including an historic victory at his home Grand Prix, when he became the first Italian ever to win a 500cc race at Mugello.

In 2001 he enjoyed his best ever season in the class, taking nine podium finishes and four pole positions on his way to third place in the championship. A difficult season was to follow as Capirossi struggled on the NSR500 against the new breed of four-strokes but he managed two podium finishes and had the honour of scoring the last ever podium by a 500cc two-stroke machine with third place at Motegi.

Capirossi made history the following season on a four-stroke, clinching a first ever premier-class Grand Prix win for Ducati at Catalunya. Capirossi also scored Ducati's first ever premier-class pole position at Jerez, sealing his place in the rich history of the famous Italian marque.

Now in his second season with Ducati, Capirossi shared his memories of a century of appearances in the MotoGP class with motogp.com. To watch our exclusive interview and remember some of the finest moments of Capirossi's premier-class career so far, click the video links at the top of the page.

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MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Loris Capirossi

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