Loris Capirossi will become an advisor for world championship motorcycle racing following his retirement from riding at the end of 2011.
The 38-year-old Italian brought his riding career to a close this season after over two decades at world championship level. Capirossi won the 1990 and '91 125cc titles, the 1998 250cc crown, and nine 500cc/MotoGP races, with best MotoGP championship results of third in 2001 and '06. An official MotoGP statement said Capirossi's experience will be invaluable to the series and future riders, as he assists with both safety and regulatory matters.
"With an exciting new chapter in the history of the world championship commencing with the introduction of the 1000cc capacity machines, the new CRT rules and the new Moto3 category for the 2012 season, Capirossi's insight will provide highly valuable input as MotoGP welcomes important and significant changes to the sport.
"Calling upon his understanding of the needs and requirements of riders and his vast experience of a range of different machines, Loris Capirossi will offer the MotoGP World Championship advice on matters relating to safety, the new regulations, the competition in general and the homologation of new tracks."
It was also announced that Capirossi's traditional No. 65 would be retired from MotoGP use "in recognition of Capirossi's outstanding contribution to the sport throughout his career."