“I never thought I would get to this many, but I have been lucky in my career and I have always given 100% and kept myself fit so that I have been able to stay at the top,” Capirossi was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
“I never really think about how many races I have been in, but this number is very special and I guess it will probably never happen for another rider. Anyway, once the race has started my attitude will be the same as it was in 1990 – full gas and full attack!” the 37-year-old rider added.
Capirossi finished the 2009 season in the 9th place in overall standings, but he is confident he and the 2010 Suzuki GSV-R machine will perform better this season.
“The race for the team is also important because we have to continue with the improvements and good direction that we found at the Qatar test last month. I know we have some work to do, but we are very close now and all the guys in the team and back in Japan have worked really hard. I hope we can challenge the fast guys more consistently this year,” concluded Capirossi.