Despite the fact that Suzuki will be sticking around in MotoGP for the 2011 season, veteran rider Loris Capirossi is seeing next season as his escape from the struggling factory team. In a move that seems all but signed, Capirex will likely take the #1 seat at Pramac Ducati next season, where Italian hopes to be more competitive with the pseduo-satellite Ducati team.
Joining the Rizla Suzuki team in 2008, Capirossi has been frustrated from the outset with the team’s slow progression, and dismal status in the MotoGP paddock. In fact, Capirossi stopped winning races when he switched to Rizla Suzuki, and in his three year tenure, has only podiumed once on the machine.
Thus it’s no surprise that in talking to GPone, Loris Capirossi’s mananger, Carlo Pernat, has confirmed that Capirex will ride with the Pramac squad saying, “What will happen is the contract between Loris Capirossi and Ducati Pramac for next year, and this is a great thing for my career; Loris is happy too.”
Capirossi will benefit from Pramac Ducati’s close ties to the factory team, which sees the teams’ mechanics meeting during races and sharing information. A bit more than a satellite team, Pramac Ducati has been a proving ground for Ducati MotoGP mechanics and technicians, who get to hone their skills on the Pramac bikes before being drafted into the Marlboro Ducati team. Even with support at this level, Capirossi will likely see more development than what was occurring at Rizla Suzuki, making this move a strong one for the Italian.