Silly Season: Capirex to Pramac Ducati?

05/25/2010 @ 6:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

The MotoGP silly season continues, this time with a rumor that’s not about one of the four alien riders. MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi has long been the rider behind the development of the Suzuki GSV-R in MotoGP, but that hasn’t stopped the lens of paddock gossips from pointing Capirex towards the direction of a satellite Ducati team. More specifically, Capirossi has been linked to talking to the Pramac Ducati team about a seat on a satellite Ducati for 2011.

Should the rumor pan out to be true, Suzuki would find itself in a very difficult position. The Rizla Suzuki team, while still considered a factory team, hardly has the competitive edge to race with the other three top manufacturers, and its Suzuki GSV-R still has a long ways to go in its development process before it can compete at a true factory level.

As such, Suzuki needs a talented development rider to be a part of its program, a title that the young Bautista cannot claim on his resume. With other famed development riders like Colin Edwards not likely to jump ship, Suzuki has a lot at stake by losing Capirossi, who is a linchpin in their program right now.

Carlo Pernat, Loris Capirossi’s manger, told Italian TV station Italia 1 that he’s been talking with Pramac Ducati about Capirex, and that he has already contacted Ducati management in Borgo Panigale about having Capirossi return to a Ducati again.

Whether that’s a true sentiment, or a carefully calculated ploy to get more money out of Suzuki remains to be seen. It should be noted that Capirossi sits behind both Pramac Ducati riders in the point standings at the time of this article.

Source: & OmniMoto; Photo: Rizla Suzuki

  • Adesthemex

    If this is true and Capirex does move on, I would hope Suzuki look to try and draft John Hopkins back into the fold.

  • Jake

    So what is the big deal? Development riders isn’t Suzuki’s problem, Suzuki is Suzuki’s problem. Look at all the riders who have ridden for that team in the MotoGP era and they’ve only had 1 competative season. Ironically all of those former riders are out of MotoGP now. Regardless of who they get to ride and “develop” that bike until Suzuki has a change in how they build their MotoGP bikes nothing is going to change. The one constant through all of this has been Suzuki!!!!

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  • Jaybond

    Despite all the potential that were shown in the early season tests, Suzuki still fail to raise their game in the actual races, which has been the case all these years.

    I think in terms of pace, the Suzuki is ahead of the Pramac Ducati, but who knows how the standings would be if Capirossi did’nt crash in those races.

  • LTC

    Suzuki should be completing with the other Works Teams, not the likes of the Pramac Ducatis & Gresini Hondas etc…. They really need to get up there for their name & the good of MotoGP too.

  • Steveo

    They need a good rider too. Ben Spies hop on a Rizla and ran top 7’s on an unpractied bike why can they only muster top 12’s. Get a good rider and the rest will follow.

    Enter Mat Mladin, Haslam, Fabrizio or any other person needing a ride next season.

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