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Capirossi preparing for 250th Grand Prix

Capirossi preparing for 250th Grand Prix

Veteran Ducati Marlboro rider Loris Capirossi is set to create yet another milestone in his long and illustrious career as he makes his 250th Grand Prix appearance this coming weekend at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Veteran Ducati Marlboro rider Loris Capirossi is set to create yet another milestone in his long and illustrious career as he makes his 250th Grand Prix appearance this coming weekend at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

Following team-mate Casey Stoner's dramatic season-opening win in Qatar, Capirossi will hope to mark the special occasion in Spain with a victory of his own on the powerful Desmosedici GP07 after crashing out at Losail.

Indeed the 33 year-old Italian will become just the second rider in history to reach the 250 mark, and the only other man to have done so, Alex Barros, will also be on the grid at Jerez. Barros, who turned 36 last October, will start his 260th Grand Prix race at the southern Spanish circuit.

The 250 milestone will be reached by Capirossi exactly 17 years ago to the day since he made his Grand Prix in Japan, ten 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.

Capirex did not take long to achieve his first victory, crossing the line in first place in just his tenth ever World Championship start at Donington to become the youngest ever Grand Prix winner at that time. He went on to win the 125cc Championship in that debut season and still holds the record as the youngest ever rider to win a Grand Prix world title.

Here are some additional facts and figures from the career of a true MotoGP idol:

- Capirossi has won Grand Prix races riding six different machines: 125cc Honda, 250cc Honda, 250cc Aprilia, 500cc Yamaha, 500cc Honda and Ducati in MotoGP.

- He is the only rider to have scored points in more than 200 Grand Prix races across all capacity classes.

- This Sunday's race in Jerez will be the 709th Grand Prix event that has been staged in the 58 year history of World Championship competition – which means Capirossi has appeared in more than a third of all Grand Prix meetings.

- Capirossi has the longest winning career in Grand Prix racing, the period spanning 16 years and 50 days between his first victory in the 125cc race at Donington in 1990 and his MotoGP win last year in Japan.

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