What a shame: kicking a highly acclaimed racer from the team, remember: Loris stayed with Ducati when the bikes were merely shitty to drive, and now, when the success is onboard, those hunchbacks are kicking him out, Shame on you DUCATI.
Marco Melandri is a good driver, but not as good as the winner of three World Championships and more than 20 Grand Prix victories, Loris Capirossi is one of the most experienced and best-loved characters in MotoGP. The Italian has been renowned for his all-action riding style ever since he first started competing at world level 16(!) years ago.
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Video: Loris Capirossi
Capirossi returned to the 500cc championship for 2000, and had been there through its evolution to the 800cc four-stroke MotoGP era. He won at his home race and finished 7th overall, one point behind Carlos Checa. 2001 season was better than year before without win during that year. Also it was the last season for 500cc class, but for 2002 season Capirossi dealt that he would ride inferior bike from 2001. 2002 was a less competitive year, hampered by a wrist injury in the seventh race of the season when he missed the chicane and turned from the track. He was not given access to Honda’s four-stroke machine in late 2002 when team-mate Alex Barros was, as he was already to leave the team.
In 2003, he joined Ducati, taking their first win at Barcelona and fourth overall, before a slightly disappointing 2004 on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip. He stayed in the team for the 2005 season, which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tyres.
Capirossi and Ducati started the 2006 season with a striking victory and he had a second place in both the French and Italian grand prix, tying for first in Moto GP points with American Nicky Hayden.
However, he was caught up in a multiple bike collision at the start at Barcelona, missing the restart and losing championship ground to Hayden. Though he was knocked out in this horrendous looking accident, he did not suffer very serious injuries beyond significant bruising. He returned for the next round, but a run of less competitive results saw him slip to fifth in the standings before the race at Brno.
In this race he started second, took the lead at the start, and pulled away from the field for an easy victory. He attributed this to a late setup change the team believe can be applied to the bike at all circuits. He moved up in the championship standings to finish third overall, after taking second at the final race behind stand-in team-mate Troy Bayliss.