Pre-season test lap times aren’t a precise barometer for how the 2012 MotoGP Championship season will go, but Yamaha has to feel good about its results after this week’s testing at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit. Last February at Sepang, Honda riders were the talk of the preseason session, taking three of the top four lap times […]
Capirex’s New Ride: the BMW M MotoGP Safety Car
Retired racer Loris Capirossi has been named BMW M MotoGP Expert, representing the official MotoGP safety car provider in the world championship.
Since retiring from racing after the 2011 MotoGP season Capirossi has been serving as MotoGP’s Safety Adviser. That, plus his familiarity with the MotoGP paddock and its racing circuits, makes him the logical choice as an ambassador for BMW M, the German manufacturer’s racing-performance subsidiary. Capirossi takes over the position from Randy Mamola who held the role for the last 13 years.
Capirossi will be BMW M’s expert on various activities and will guide BMW M guests around the paddock, meeting with MotoGP teams, riders and crew. An added perk is being able to take the BMW M safety car out for a spin.
“It’s important for the Safety Cars to perform perfectly in race conditions so they will be completely reliable. BMW M provides quick, high class performance cars, which perform perfectly out on the track,” Capirossi tells MotoGP.com. “As Safety Advisor I will start testing the cars myself on the track, and certainly I will enjoy that a lot.”