The Italian centaur, Loris Capirossi, was lopsided over the exact question of team orders between Pecco and Aeneas. Hear what he had to say about Ducati.
After Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso, Red fans have held a special place in their hearts for Loris Capirossi. The Centaur from Castel San Pietro Terme was a Ducati icon in MotoGP. Capirex wrote important pages in motos, managing to win the 125 championship on his debut and also asserting himself the following year. The move to the 250 wasn’t easy, but after several seasons, the Italian also managed to win a much-discussed title in 1998. For him, the doors of the 500 class opened wide in 2000 with Honda.
The same year Valentino Rossi debuted, Lloris closed in seventh and then finished third the following year, the last of the 500 bikes. Chance to become, along with Troy Bayliss, the first Italian centaur on a Borgo Panigale bike in a moto JB. He won, riding a Ducati Desmosedesi, his first Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya. Not since 1976 has an Italian rider won a GP on a first-class Italian bike. Loris made history, setting, during the 2003 season, also the record for the highest top speed ever recorded on the track. Ducati has always had a great engine and #65 managed to podium in 5 more rounds of the championship. After a great first year, fans expected growth in 2004, but no wins or extraordinary results.
In 2005 Lloris returned to take the podium finish, third in Italy and second in the Czech Republic, then won the Japanese and Malaysian Grand Prix. The move to Bridgestone vehicles was a moment of major significance for the Borgo Panigale factory. In that delicate style, Carlos Checa’s empire joined the Caprix. 2006 was for Loris the best year in the top flight of his career. Alongside Sete Gibernau, Ducati has advanced in terms of cycling, being really irresistible on some tracks. The Caprix has three wins, four second places and a third and final bronze medalist behind Nikki Hayden and Valentino Rossi. The Italian team was paving the way for the massive success of 2007.
Capirossi’s letter to Ducati
2007 was the year of Casey Stoner. The Australian, in his first year at Ducati, literally tore up the competition. The feeling of a Southport native in Desmosedici was like no other. Loris’ fifth and final year at Ducati was so sweet as it ended with the first makers of the Borgo Panigale title winning in MotoGP. Another sharp came from Capirex on the occasion of the Japanese Grand Prix. In Motegi Lloris he won his last race in the red saddle and also in the first class. Few are as familiar with the environment and home of Borgo Panigale as Loris. Fifteen years later, Ducati is back in contention for the world title with Pecco Bagnaia. The Ducati rider has a real chance of beating world champion Quartararo and winning the title in 2022.
In Aragon, Ducati Gresini rider Ina Bastianini, and the Turin-born official race team fought to the last corner, just as they did at Misano. This time the rider from Romania won, raising doubts about the team’s potential requests at the end of the season, in favor of #63. Loris Capirossi said in an interview carried by the Spanish magazine AS: “I think at the moment there are still five races left, 125 points hand out, and Enea can still be an athletic champion. I think now there is no need to impose any order to help Pecco. Of course it shouldn’t bother him, but he should do his racing and Ducati shouldn’t stop him now. Then we’ll see what happens“. Ducati, are the team orders ready? Check out the exciting wallpaper.
“We must also imagine the possibility, because things happen on a bike, that Bagnaia has a problem and can’t run the next two races and Bastianini loses the world championship by five points. It is the same in a different case. I’m sure Bagnaia has a high chance of winning at the moment, but Fabio is fine too and the same can be said of Aleix at Aprilia. They are all very tight and with five races it is all very openBasically, for Capirex, it is true that Ducati allowed his future teammates to release them in the following races. Much will also depend on the challenges in Japan and Thailand. Here are the Motegi weekend times. An epic challenge is expected.