On the eve of the final MotoGP race of the season at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit the Ducati Marlboro Team rider Loris Capirossi paid a visit to the base of Luna Rossa Challenge, the Prada and Telecom Italia-backed team that will represent Italy in the 32nd America’s Cup sailing event at the Spanish city.
Located in the America’s Cup port area, the Luna Rossa base was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and it recycles 50 sails used in the last edition of the trophy: 12 mainsails and 38 jibs make up the 485 panels that cover the external fa硤e of the base. Around 100 people from 16 different countries are involved in the different areas of the Luna Rossa base (sailing team, design team, sail-loft, ground staff and management).
Loris was greeted by Francesco de Angelis, the skipper and head of the Luna Rossa team, visited the base and went on board Luna Rossa ITA 86, one of the two 26-metre boats with which Luna Rossa will take part in the world’s oldest and most prestigious sailing trophy.
"I am delighted to have been able to visit the Luna Rossa Challenge base" said Loris. "It is really great and impeccably organised. All the members of the team are doing a fantastic job and they have been enthusastically training for the America’s Cup for years. I was also honoured to visit the boat with Francesco De Angelis and I have to say that the level of technology is incredible. It was really exciting to be there today".
Sport in its various disciplines succeeds in uniting athletes and fans worldwide and never more so will this be evident than during the final MotoGP race of one of the most exciting GP seasons ever.
Today Loris visited the base of the team that will defend Italy’s colours in the America’s Cup and on Sunday the members of Luna Rossa Challenge will be in the Valencia circuit cheering him on.