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GP Week : Issue 23
Capirossi to equal highest nu LORIS Capirossi, at 35 the old man of the MotoGP grid, is set for a milestone race at Brno – it will be the Italian’s 276th start, equalling the record held previously by Alex Barros, who retired at the end of last season. Barros lied about his age to start his career a year early, but had a couple of breaks en route to an eventual seven race wins. Capirossi’s first GP was in 1990 in the 125 class, at a legal 16. He went on to claim 29 wins, after starting at the top. Not only did he win his first two races that year, he also claimed a debut-season championship win, to become the youngest ever World Champion in any class, at 17 years and 165 days. The record still stands, even though the 125 class is now open to 15-year-olds. Capirossi was champion the next year as well, and went on to win the 250 crown in 1998. The popular Italian is no stranger to controversy. His first crown came at the expense of Dutch rider Hans Spaan, after a horde of Italian riders conspired to keep him out of the running at the final round in Australia. His 250 crown was disputed in the courts, after he was disqualified from the ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a HuGE global audience 14 For more details CLICK HERE