Capirossi loves a resto

For­mer Mo­togp star goes all PS on his ’80s Gil­era

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ALL RAC­ERS have to start some­where – and for the likes of Valentino Rossi, Max Bi­aggi and Loris Capirossi, that some­where was the Ital­ian 125 Pro­duc­tion Cham­pi­onship. Capirossi, who raced in the se­ries in the late ’80s, posted a pic­ture of this Gil­era KZ125 on Face­book re­cently, so we asked Ital­ian friend Ja­copo Barone – or­gan­iser of our Ital­ian rac­ing adventure on page 30 – if he knew any­thing about it.

One of Ja­copo’s mates knows Capirossi well, and it turns out that the bike has an in­ter­est­ing story. Af­ter Capirossi raced in the Ital­ian 125 sea­son in 1988 on the KZ, where he fin­ished fourth over­all, the bike ended up at a scrap­yard – but hav­ing kept hold of a few bits and pieces, Loris ended up build­ing an orig­i­nal­spec ver­sion of the bike with the help of his brother, who is a bit of a me­chan­i­cal ge­nius and looks af­ter Loris’s car and bike col­lec­tion. He’s now turned his at­ten­tion to restor­ing the Honda NS125R Su­per Sport he raced in 1987 – we’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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