Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer Loris Capirossi will be swapping from two wheels to four when he takes part in the Suzuki Tempest Rally on Saturday 8th November 2008.
The event includes 80km of testing gravel stages in the forests and Military training grounds around Aldershot in the UK.
In the rally, Capirossi will be driving a 1.6 litre, 125PS Suzuki Swift “Sport Cup” car as he joins the regular competitors on the last round of the one-make rally series.
Prior to the event Capirossi will test his car to help familiarise him with not only driving on a loose surface, but also pace notes, which will be read by experienced co-driver Craig Thorley.
Capirossi is no stranger to four wheels, the Italian owns a number of exotic and classic cars and has previously competed in the Bologna Rallysprint in his home town.
"I am really looking forward to this as I have almost as much passion for cars as I do bikes," confirmed the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP race winner. "It is a big honour to be invited by Suzuki to take part in this rally and I will certainly try to be competitive, I know it will be tough racing against guys who do this type of motorsport every weekend, but I'm sure we'll have some fun!"
"It's great to have another member of the Suzuki family joining us for our last round," added championship manager Ian Phillipson. "We've had a great series so far and having Loris along for the finale will be great. I'm sure he'll do well and have some fun along the way."
Also taking part in the rally will be Capirossi's team manager Paul Denning. Denning will be driving an identical Suzuki Swift car and is hoping to get ahead of his superstar rider.