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Loris Capirossi

 
 

When Ducati returned to the MotoGP championship with the Desmosedici in 2003, having first competed in the reigning class in 1971, Troy Bayliss lined up alongside a World Championship "veteran" in the shape of Loris Capirossi.

Winner of the 125 world championship in 1990 and 1991, and winner of the 250 class in 1998, Loris took on the challenge with enthusiasm, demonstrating the incredible potential of a bike that wasn't always easy to manage.
Making its debut at Suzuka in 2003, Capirossi's Desmosedici made a breath-taking start, leading the race at the end of the first lap and reaching the third step of the podium. Three months later, in June 2003, the bike scored a victory that was as historic as it was incredible at Catalonia, to close its first year in MotoGP third in the final standings.

Despite the 2004 season proving less fortunate, in 2005 Loris Capirossi won twice with the Desmosedici on Bridgestone tyres, while in 2006 he led the championship for a time before the accident that would compromise his season. 
In 2007, alongside Casey Stoner, Loris closed his chapter with the "official" Ducati, winning in Japan on the same day Stoner won the rider's title. 
After a period in Suzuki, Capirossi concluded his twenty-year motorcycle career in 2011, riding a Borgo Panigale "red" once again, but this time for the Ducati Pramac team.