Loris Capirossi will celebrate a career milestone in the opening round of the 2010 MotoGP season in Qatar when the Italian makes his 300th Grand Prix start.

Capirossi already holds the record for most Grand Prix starts having overtaken Alex Barros' mark back in 2008 and he will start his 21st season in Grand Prix racing under the lights at Losail.

Admitting he never thought he would see 300 races at the pinnacle of the sport, Capirossi said his approach would be the same as when he made his Grand Prix debut and added that he was hopeful that the Rizla Suzuki team can continue with the work carried out during the off-season.

"The Qatar GP will see a big milestone in my career as I start my 300th race!" he said. "I never thought I would get to this many, but I have been lucky in my career and I have always given 100 per cent and kept myself fit so that I have been able to stay at the top.

"I never really think about how many races I have been in, but this number is very special and I guess it will probably never happen for another rider. Anyway, once the race has started my attitude will be the same as it was in 1990 - full gas and full attack! The race for the team is also important because we have to continue with the improvements and good direction that we found at the Qatar test last month.

"I know we have some work to do, but we are very close now and all the guys in the team and back in Japan have worked really hard. I hope we can challenge the fast guys more consistently this year."