Capirossi to safety test MotoGP bikes
23 August 2012 – MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi is to test a handful of different bikes at Brno next week. The Italian, who retired from competitive racing at the end of last season, will be in action on Monday during what will be the third official post-race test session of the year.
Now in the role of Safety Advisor for MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna Sports, Capirossi will be circulating on a Yamaha YZR-M1 as well as a Honda RC213V. He is also likely to spend time trialing the Suter-BMW and FTR CRT machines.
“It's a great opportunity for me, as I've been wanting to test the new 1,000cc bikes for a while now,” the 39-year-old admits.
“It's important for me to understand how the current crop of MotoGP bikes work, to better understand the feedback I get from the riders, but also in my work with Bridgestone, following the development of new tyre specifications; so I believe this experience will be important towards future developments in the MotoGP class.”
Capirossi celebrated back-to-back 125cc world titles in 1990 and 1991, then went on to cement the 250cc crown in 1998. Although he did not win the MotoGP class title, the Bologna man picked up 13 pole positions, ten fastest laps and nine race victories.