Loris Capirossi is set to make history at the upcoming Czech round of MotoGP when he will equals the record for Grand Prix starts.
The Italian is set to make his 276th start in Brno following a career that has spanned 18 years when he made his debut in the 125cc World Championship back in 1990.
Matching the record set by Alex Barros, Capirossi has garnered some very impressive statistics since making his debut with a sixth place finish at the Suzuka circuit in Japan.
Going on to win the championship that year, Capirossi followed it up with a second 125cc title in 1991, before finishing runner-up in the 250cc class in 1993. Making his 500cc debut in 1995, Capirossi dropped back to 250cc machines in 1997 and won the title in 1998.
Back to 500cc in 2000 where he has stayed ever since, Capirossi has never been classified outside the top ten in the overall standings.
However, he runs the risk of spoiling that record this year as he currently sits 11th after eleven races on the Rizla Suzuki, his cause inevitably not being helped by the arm injuries he suffered in Barcelona and Assen.
Nonetheless, Brno has been a happy hunting ground for Capirossi in the past, with one win, five podiums and ten front-row starts helping to confirm his status as a master of the Eastern European circuit.
“Brno has been a successful track for me and one I really like to race at. I won there in 2006 and would really like to do that again. I think the GSV-R will be well suited to the track and we will be very competitive there.
“My arm is still very sore and it is not 100% perfect, but it is getting stronger every day and I really hope that it will not trouble me too much during the weekend.
Regarding his record-breaking antics, Capirossi has now set his sights on breaching the 300 mark – although that will only come if he secures a new contract for 2009.
“I didn't know I was that close to equalling the record of racing at GP events! I think there are a few guys from the old days that might have done more races, as they used to race two or three different bikes at every meeting, but it is a great achievement for me to have raced at as many as anyone else. My next target will be to make 300 – but the only important thing to me is that I am competitive and fighting with the best guys!”