Senior rider of the Team Pramac Ducati, Loris Capirossi, announced that he would retire from the world of motorcycle racing at the end of this season. The 38-year-old Italian rider announced his retirement in tears at a press conference on Thursday (01/09/2011) at Circuit Misano, San Marino.
"It is very difficult for me to say it. After 22 seasons, this is my last race in Italy since the end of the year I will retire. This decision is not easy, but I think this is the right time to quit. This is the right decision," said Capirossi , as he received applause from all present at the press conference.
Capirossi to thank everyone who has supported him and gave him a chance to become a racer. Capirossi says he always tried to do my best and have enjoyed periods of remarkable.
After the success in the Italian race, Capirossi into the Grand Prix 125 cc class in 1990 and immediately surprised everyone because he was able to become world champion at season's end. The next year, Capirossi is also a world champion again making it easier for him to move into the 250 cc class in 1992.
Together with his compatriots, namely Luca Cadalora, Frankie Chili, Loris Reggiani, and Max Biaggi in the top 250 cc class, Capirossi became the golden generation of Italian motorcycle racer. Capirossi subscribed to in many series champion in 1993 and paved the way to move to the 500 cc class with Pileri Honda team in 1995.
However, an attractive offer from Aprilia makes Capirossi returned to the 250 cc class in 1997. For three years in the class, come back often to be a winner Capirossi and Valentino Rossi beat Young in the race for the title in 1998. Capirossi return to MotoGP in 2000.
As a rider Sito Pons Honda team, Capirossi often seize podium position, but only once to win the series. However, when first joining the Ducati MotoGP project, became more victories in 2006 and ranks him third at the end of the season.
After moving to the Suzuki team in 2008 and the Pramac Ducati team in 2011, achievement Capirossi continued to decline. In addition, the injury also made him increasingly frustrated.
In 22 seasons who has lived since 125 cc class, Capirossi has followed the 324 race, won the 29 series, including nine in the premier class MotoGP series, and won three world titles, two times in the 125 cc class and once in the 250 cc class.