The most experienced man in grand prix racing, Loris Capirossi, will start his very last race from 12th position on the grid in Valencia.
Having made his grand prix debut in 1990, Capirossi has gone on to compete in 327 races, but his 328th outing on the Pramac Ducati in Spain will be his swansong before retirement.
Racing the number 58 in honour of the late Marco Simoncelli, Capirossi admits he is still affected by the tragic death of his countryman, but he is determined to do him proud in his final appearance.
“To think that this was my last qualifying session makes me a little sad, but I'm happy with the choice I made. I expected my last round to be different, happier. Instead, I'm very sad, and I have a big empty spot for Marco, who has left us. I'm sorry I wasn't so fast, but I want to honour him as well as I can tomorrow. It will be my last race, and I still can't believe it.”
Capirossi will also mark his impending retirement by competing in special leathers and a helmet.