The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Team says ciao to Loris Capirossi with a fond farewell after final GP race of the year at Valencia in Spain. Loris, the passionate Italian GP racer, is without a ride for the 2011 motorcycle racing season.
Capirossi first rode the Suzuki GSV-R motorcycle at the Valencia MotoGP test in 2007 and made his racing debut in 2008. He had been a favorite with the Suzuki Team over his three years and has brought a wealth of experience, but the aging motorcycle rider’s race results have suffered.
Suzuki Motor Corporation, all members of the MotoGP team, title sponsor Rizla and the team’s other sponsors and partners sent their best wishes to Capirossi and his family well in the next steps of his career and in his personal life, and to thanked him for his contributions.
Loris Capirossi (xRizla Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP Rider) says: "I have had a great three years at Suzuki and am obviously very sad to be leaving. The results have not been what we wanted, but we have never given up trying and the whole crew has always given me the support and help I’ve wanted."
"I have made some good friends during my time here and I hope those relationships will last long after the racing. I want to wish Paul, Sahara-san, Alvaro and the rest of the team all the best for 2011 and I look forward to fighting against them on a race-track somewhere in the near future."
Paul Denning (Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager) says: "Loris Capirossi has been a racing animal and a great ambassador for Rizla Suzuki both on and off the track – even when things have not gone according to plan he has been a true professional and a gentleman."
"Capirossi has become a good friend of the team and we will be sad to see him leave. We hope that Loris, Ingrid, Ricardo, Roberto and all his family and friends will remain in touch with us and feel free to say hello and come for a coffee whenever they want because they will all certainly be very welcome."
"We all hope that Loris continues to have success, health and happiness in the next steps of his career… grazie, Capirossi!"
Loris Capirossi Career Highlights
- 2008: 10th place in Riders’ Classification. First podium in Rizla Suzuki colors at Brno.
- 2007: 7th place overall. One victory and three podiums
- 2006: Third place overall. Three victories, five podiums and two pole positions
- 2005: Sixth place with two victories, two podiums and three pole positions
- 2004: Ninth place in MotoGP World Championship
- 2003: Fourth place with one win and five podiums
- 2002: First season in MotoGP. Eighth overall with two podiums
- 2001: Third in final season in 500cc Championship. Nine podiums and four poles
- 2000: Returns to 500cc. One win and three podiums for seventh in the MotoGP Championship
- 1999: Final season in 250cc class. Finishes third with three wins and six podiums
- 1998: 250cc World Champion. Two wins, seven podiums and eight poles
- 1997: Returns to 250cc and finishes sixth in the Championship.
- 1996: First victory in 500cc class. 10th overall
- 1995: Debut season in 500cc MotoGP World Championship. Sixth position in final standings
- 1994: Third in 250cc class. Four wins, five podiums and five pole positions
- 1993: Runner-up in 250cc World Championship. Three wins, four podiums and seven pole positions
- 1992: Debut season in 250cc Championship. 12th overall
- 1991: Consecutive 125cc World Titles. Five wins, seven podiums, five pole positions
- 1990: World Champion in 125cc Grand Prix debut season. Youngest-ever title winner. Three victories and five podiums
With the experience and knowledge gained in 2010 the Suzuki MotoGP Team stated that they will move forward with great passion and effort in search of glory in the 2011 motorcycle racing season.
The Suzuki MotoGP Team will participate in 2011 with a single rider, Alvaro Bautista. Alvaro joined the team in 2010 and made good progress with GSV-R, the Suzuki Grand Prix motorcycle, improving his results throughout the season.
Suzuki vows to make the best use of the short time to the start of the 2011 MotoGP season to develop the GSV-R for this, the pinnacle class of motorcycle racing.