Loris Capirossi: MotoGP Safety Adviser
After 22 years in Grand Prix racing, Loris Capirossi has garnered much lessons and experience regarding safety.
And due to this, Capirossi, who retired at the close of the 2011 MotoGP Championship while competing on the Pramac Racing Ducati, was appointed in an advisory role to assist with matters of safety in the MotoGP World Championship.
And the 38-year-old Italian’s experience is impressive – Capirossi started 328 races, finished on the podium 99 times and won three titles (125cc in 1990, 1991, 250cc in 1998).
MotoGP says: “Dorna Sports (governing body of MotoGP) is delighted to be able to call upon Capirossi’s extensive experience and knowledge as a former rider who has competed in the 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP categories.”
MotoGP says Capirossi will provide valuable insight in his new safety role as the series heads into the 1000cc era, the new Moto3 category, and the new Claiming Rule Teams (CRTs), which are privateer entries that will be allowed to have certain flexibility in fuel-tank capacity and engines to run with the factory teams; CRTs are an effort to boost grid numbers
MotoGP says: “Calling upon his understanding of the needs and requirements of riders and his vast experience of a range of different machines, Loris Capirossi will offer the MotoGP World Championship advice on matters relating to safety, the new regulations, the competition in general and the homologation of new tracks.”
Also, Dorna has made a request to the FIM to retire the number 65, Capirossi’s number throughout his Grand Prix career.