Suzuki MotoGP star Loris Capirossi
has quipped that road racing is for the sport's 'real men' - and that the premier class in which he has competed in twelve seasons since 1995 is only 'for girls'.
The three-time world champion said he hopes to be in the Isle of Man for this year's TT, which runs from 29 May to 11 June, to help Suzuki mark 50 years of competition.
Speaking at the star-studded Adelaide Racer Awards in Belfast, Capirossi admitted his admiration of road racers and quipped, by comparison, that he is 'really a girl'.
“Compared to what you guys do I am really a girl, you are real men,” the Italian joked. “I am 100 per cent not thinking about ever going road racing!
“I hope to be in the Isle of Man during TT week to help celebrate Suzuki's 50 years in road racing, but I will be going round in a car!”
Capirossi was guest of honour at the awards ceremony, which was also attended by stars past and present from road racing, World Superbikes, World Supersport, British Superbikes and more.
In addition to handing out some of the evening's accolades, the 36-year-old was himself presented with the Adelaide Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other stars whose accomplishments were officially recognised on the night included 2009 World Supersport Champion Cal Crutchlow, top British Superbike rookie Ian Lowry, World Superbike race-winner Jonathan Rea, British Supersport Champion Steve Plater, leading road racer Ryan Farquhar and World Supersport runner-up Eugene Laverty, who was named Irish Motorcyclist of the Year.