Loris Capirossi latest name to join GP Bike Legends Event

Former Moto GP fan favourite, Loris Capirossi, is the latest name to announce his participation in the inaugural World GP Bike Legends event at Jerez.

The 41-year-old joins the likes of Wayne Gardner, Freddie Spencer and Kevin Schwantz at the event, which takes place on June 19-21.

On taking part in the event, Capirossi said: “Not only do I want to take part in this event, but I would love to ride both 250cc and 500cc! It sounds like a great idea and it will be amazing to be with so many old friends and rediscover old feelings in the saddle of the incredible two-stroke motorcycles.”

The Italian’s glamorous career began back in 1990, where he became the surprise package in the 125cc Championship, by winning the title at the first attempt.

Capirossi retained his title the following year before moving up into the 250cc Championship in 1992, which he would eventually win in 1998 on board an Aprilia, following a brief stint in the 500cc class between 1995-1996.

His success in the 250cc class saw Capirossi return to the 500cc Championship in 1999, where he would stay until his retirement in 2011.

Capirossi would win nine times in the top class, throughout its changes to 800cc and 1000cc machines, one of which was Ducati’s first-ever in prototype racing in the 2003 season.

Throughout his 21-year-long career, Capirossi competed in 328 races, with 29 race wins and 99 podiums in total.

Since retirement, Capirossi has kept himself in the Moto GP paddock as the official safety advisor for the championship’s commercial right holders, Dorna Sports.

The World GP Bike Legends event is beginning to take shape, with a large collection of world champions and legendary riders such as Capirossi taking part.

Alongside all of the action on the challenging Jerez circuit, there will be entertainment off the track with music from former World Superbike Champion James Toseland, and Bonnie Tyler.

Early-bird tickets are still available and can be purchased for €55 until March 31. Tickets will allow fans access to the paddock, pit garages and all of the grandstands.