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Loris Capirossi

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Loris Capirossi
Nationality 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian
Birthdate Template:Birth date and age
Birthplace Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna
Bike number 65
Current team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
Championships 125cc - 1990, 1991
250cc - 1998
Race Starts 266
Race Wins 29
Podiums 98
Poles 41
Fastest laps 32
Points 2875
Last season 2008
Last position 9th (51 pts) - In Progress


Loris Capirossi (born April 4 1973) is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who currently rides for the factory Suzuki MotoGP team. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia.

Biography

Capirossi was born in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna.

250cc career

Capirossi moved up to 250cc class for the 1992 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season on a year-old bike. He led the championship in both 1993 and 1994 without winning it.

500cc career

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, before taking a win in 1996 for Wayne Rainey's Yamaha team.

Return to 250cc

Capirossi returned to 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 would pass both riders for the victory. Capirossi recovered to claim second place and the world championship but, Aprilia would release him during the off-season.

MotoGP

Capirossi returned to the 500cc championship for 2000, and has been there through its evolution to today's 800cc four-stroke MotoGP bikes. He won his home race in 2000, and 3 more en route to 3rd overall in 2001. 2002 was a less competitive year, hampered by a wrist injury. He was not given access to Honda's 4-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 4th overall, before a slightly disappointing 2004 on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip. Still, he stayed on the bike more often than team-mate Troy Bayliss, and thus stayed in the team for a 2005 season which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tyres.

Capirossi at the 2005 Malaysian Grand Prix with Ducati (2003-2007).

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 5th in the standings before the race at Brno. In this race he started 2nd, 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 3rd 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 USGP race at 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.

On 16 August, 2007, Capirossi announced that he would ride with the Suzuki factory team in 2008, alongside Australian Chris Vermeulen.

Personal life

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 investiagated 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."

Career statistics

By season

Seas Class Moto Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
1990 125cc Honda RS125 14 3 8 0 0 182 1st 1
1991 125cc Honda RS125 13 5 12 5 4 200 1st 1
1992 250cc Honda RS250 13 0 0 0 0 27 12th -
1993 250cc Honda RS250 14 3 7 7 5 193 2nd -
1994 250cc Honda RS250 14 4 9 5 5 199 3rd -
1995 500cc Honda NSR500 12 0 1 0 0 108 6th -
1996 500cc Yamaha YZR500 15 1 2 0 0 98 10th -
1997 250cc Aprilia RS250 14 0 3 1 2 116 6th -
1998 250cc Aprilia RS250 14 2 9 8 3 224 1st 1
1999 250cc Honda RS250 15 3 9 2 3 209 3rd -
2000 500cc Honda NSR500 16 1 4 1 1 154 7th -
2001 500cc Honda NSR500 16 0 9 4 1 210 3rd -
2002 MotoGP Honda NSR500 14 0 2 0 0 109 8th -
2003 MotoGP Ducati GP3 16 1 6 3 1 177 4th -
2004 MotoGP Ducati GP4 16 0 1 0 1 117 9th -
2005 MotoGP Ducati GP5 15 2 4 3 1 157 6th -
2006 MotoGP Ducati GP6 17 3 8 2 5 229 3rd -
2007 MotoGP Ducati GP7 18 1 4 0 0 166 7th -
Total 266 29 98 41 32 2875 3

By class

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 1990-1991 1990 Japan 1990 Nations 1990 Britain 27 8 20 5 4 382 2
250 cc 1992-1994, 1997-1999 1992 Japan 1993 Austria 1993 Dutch 84 12 37 23 18 968 1
500 cc 1995-1996, 2000-2001 1995 Australia 1995 Catalunya 1996 Australia 59 2 16 5 2 570 0
MotoGP 2002-2007 2002 Japan 2002 S. Africa 2003 Catalunya 96 7 25 8 8 955 0
Total 1990-2007 266 29 98 41 32 2875 3

Races by year (1999 onwards)

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Yr Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Championship Pts
1999 250cc Honda MAL
1
JPN
3
SPA
3
FRA
Ret
ITA
EX
CAT
NED
1
GBR
2
GER
2
CZE
7
SMR
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
SAF
3
SPA
4
FRA
7
ITA
6
CAT
6
NED
Ret
GBR
Inj
GER
Inj
CZE
6
POR
Ret
BRA
5
PAC
3
MAL
9
AUS
Ret
VAL
Ret
    8th 109
2003 MotoGP Ducati JPN
3
SAF
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 SAF
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
Inj
TUR
Inj
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
SMR
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
Inj
NED
Inj
GER
-
USA
-
CZE
-
SMR
-
IND
-
JPN
-
AUS
-
MAL
-
VAL
-
11th 51



250 cc Motorcycle World Champions
(1949) Bruno Ruffo• (1950) Dario Ambrosini• (1951) Bruno Ruffo• (1952) Enrico Lorenzetti• (1953, 54) Werner Haas• (1955) Hermann Paul Müller• (1956) Carlo Ubbiali• (1957) Cecil Sandford• (1958) Tarquinio Provini• (1959, 60) Carlo Ubbiali• (1961) Mike Hailwood• (1962, 63) Jim Redman• (1964, 65) Phil Read• (1966, 67) Mike Hailwood• (1968) Phil Read• (1969) Kel Carruthers• (1970) Rodney Gould• (1971) Phil Read• (1972) Jarno Saarinen• (1973) Dieter Braun• (1974, 75, 76) Walter Villa• (1977) Mario Lega• (1978, 79) Kork Ballington• (1980, 81) Anton Mang• (1982) Jean-Louis Tournadre• (1983) Carlos Lavado• (1984) Christian Sarron• (1985) Freddie Spencer• (1986) Carlos Lavado• (1987) Anton Mang• (1988, 89) Sito Pons• (1990) John Kocinski• (1991, 92) Luca Cadalora• (1993) Tetsuya Harada• (1994, 95, 96, 97) Max Biaggi• (1998) Loris Capirossi• (1999) Valentino Rossi• (2000) Olivier Jacque• (2001) Daijiro Kato• (2002) Marco Melandri• (2003) Manuel Poggiali• (2004, 05) Dani Pedrosa• (2006, 07) Jorge Lorenzo


<center>125 cc Motorcycle World Champions
(1949) Nello Pagani• (1950) Bruno Ruffo• (1951) Carlo Ubbiali• (1952) Cecil Sandford• (1953) Werner Haas• (1954) Rupert Hollaus• (1955, 56) Carlo Ubbiali• (1957) Tarquinio Provini• (1958, 59, 60) Carlo Ubbiali• (1961) Tom Phillis• (1962) Luigi Taveri• (1963) Hugh Anderson• (1964) Luigi Taveri • (1965) Hugh Anderson• (1966) Luigi Taveri • (1967) Bill Ivy• (1968) Phil Read• (1969) Dave Simmonds• (1970) Dieter Braun• (1971, 72) Ángel Nieto• (1973, 1974) Kent Andersson• (1975) Paolo Pileri• (1976, 77) Pier Paolo Bianchi• (1978) Eugenio Lazzarini• (1979) Ángel Nieto• (1980) Pier Paolo Bianchi• (1981, 82, 83, 84) Ángel Nieto• (1985) Fausto Gresini• (1986) Luca Cadalora• (1987) Fausto Gresini• (1988) Jorge Martínez• (1989) Àlex Crivillé• (1990, 91) Loris Capirossi• (1992) Alessandro Gramigni• (1993) Dirk Raudies• (1994) Kazuto Sakata• (1995, 96) Haruchika Aoki• (1997) Valentino Rossi• (1998) Kazuto Sakata• (1999) Emilio Alzamora• (2000) Roberto Locatelli• (2001) Manuel Poggiali• (2002) Arnaud Vincent• (2003) Dani Pedrosa• (2004) Andrea Dovizioso• (2005) Thomas Lüthi• (2006) Álvaro Bautista• (2007) Gábor Talmácsi