2003 Loris Capirossi Race Used Ducati MotoGP Gloves
Spyke motorcycle road racing gloves worn by MotoGP star Loris Capirossi. The Italian rider used the gloves extensively during the 2003 MotoGP season while riding a Ducati GP3 machine for the Marlboro Ducati Team. During the season the popular rider had many top-five finishes including a win and five other podium spots. The red gloves were specially modified for Capirossi by his race engineer Alain Mestagh* with extra carbon fiber protection over the knuckles and then covered with a foam-filled carbon fiber cup that is held in place with Velcro for extra protection. The gold-colored carbon cup is decorated with Capirossi’s race #65.
These gloves come directly from Loris Capirossi’s personal collection and come with a full Certificate of Authenticity.
*Belgian, born in 1959, Alain Mestdagh aka “Picasso” is a well-known figure in Formula 1 and MotoGP. His love for racing started with kart racing as a child. In 1986 during military service, he attended his first Motorcycle Grand Prix at the SPA circuit. Here he met the Belgian championship rider Didier de Radigues. Mestdagh was invited to work for the rider’s Team Chevallier as a bodywork painter and technician. In 1989 moved to the Aprilia Racing team, working as a trackside mechanic. The 90s saw Mestdagh go to Italy to work with the Lamborghini Formula 1 team and started a workshop, specializing in racing carbon fiber. In 1991 he founded Picasso Racing Components (PRC), and within five years had a workforce of over twenty employees. In 1999 Mestdagh invented a special system for combining hard and flexible composite materials into one, which he patented under the name Carbon Wear. He thus started a series of collaborations with many manufacturers involved in motor racing. Still experimenting with new technologies and materials he invented Softcarbon, an innovative carbon fiber fabric, which earns orders from the Italian, French, and Japanese fashion industry. His patented fabric is now used in many expensive handbags and leatherwear items worldwide. Mestdagh has also moved into drone design and launched his range of Devilray drones in 2014.