No one in World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing will be able to use the number 65 anymore, Loris Capirossi's symbol. The racing number used by Capirex will be retired by Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, on Thursday at Valencia on the occasion of the final Grand Prix of the season.
This actually comes as no surprise, because in 2011 Dorna had asked FIM to retire number 65 “as an acknowledgement of the undisputed contribution made by Capirossi to the sport throughout his career”. Loris raced in the Grand Prix Motorcycle World Championship for 22 years, winning two 125 titles and one 250 title. He is currently a MotoGP safety consultant.
This is not the first time that a number has been retired. It was done for Kevin Schwantz's number 34, whereas Marco Simoncelli's 58 and Daijiro Kato's 74 were given to the riders' respective families.