Photo of the Week: The Long Goodbye

08/01/2011 @ 2:07 pm, by Scott Jones7 COMMENTS

It looks like 2011 will be Loris Capirossi’s final Grand Prix season, and the end of a remarkable career that has sadly fizzled in the past few years. Capirex’s last win was in 2007, his final season as a factory Ducati rider, and since switching to the Rizla Suzuki team in 2008 he has not had the equipment to show the kind of form that previously garnered both 125cc and 250cc world titles.

This season’s return to a Ducati seat with Pramac has not improved his competitiveness, and crashes have continued to add up to more aches and pains. Approaching 40, Capirossi carries many scars into each session, including hands so frail that he wears specially designed and heavily padded gloves to protect them from further impact.

In person he is friendly and polite, quick to return a smile, though lately he has seemed weary of the challenge of climbing on yet another uncompetitive bike and going out to fight for 10th place. He will always have a place in Ducati history, haven taken the team’s first win at Barcelona in 2003, and in GP history for his world titles.

It would be great to see him manage one more good result this year, but given the difficulties of the GP11, it seems more likely that he will have to be content ending his long GP career in one piece. Considering how many talented riders have come to the premier class for a season or two before disappearing for other grids, Capirossi’s decades-long GP career is quite an accomplishment.

Scott Jones is a professional photographer known for his great action shots and poignant candids when covering MotoGP and WSBK racing events. You may have already seen his work on MotoMatters (they still have more calendars available that feature Scott’s work by the way). Not only do we like Scott’s shots, but he fits right in with our all Nikon-totting office.

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  • Gary

    Ducati have let down many riders.. It’s sad really. The list of excellent riders that have been demoralized by the Duc is very long. I really hope Rossi has the time left in his career to turn it around.

  • forza capirex!!!!!

  • AC

    He’s in his prime for WSBK! If Checa can do it…

    Props to Capirossi, great rider, great guy.

  • jamesy

    Enjoy your kids Cappi, you gave us plenty and have every right to your pride. Unless you could come in and bitch-slap Max a few times…
    The guy NEVER EVER complained about his ride,
    THANK YOU Loris for your huge class and dignity, displayed to us all over a remarkable career.

  • Bjorn

    Congratulations Loris on a long and successful career of premier series motorcycle racing. I’ve enjoyed watching you race since your first appearance in 125cc back in 1989.
    Thanks for the memories and I hope there is enough money tucked away that you and Ingrid can hang out together and raise Riccardo together without any worries.

  • Westward

    The only thing missing is a competitive bike… The skill and talent are still all there… Definitely one of the best…

  • Victor Knowles

    He’s been a class act and will be missed. Good luck Loris !