“I was expecting something different”
Aiming to compete for at least one more season in MotoGP, recent declarations in the Italian press suggest that Loris Capirossi will be not be riding for another year under the Ducati factory team banner.
Shocked not by the signing
of Marco Melandri for 2008 but the manner in which it was announced to the press- Capirossi claims to have only been informed about the deal having been made public upon seeing a copy of a press release- the Italian veteran has spoken out to journalists in his homeland about what he feels has been unfair treatment from his team.
“I wasn't expecting it, really”, commented the 34 year-old to ‘La Stampa'. “I don't think that they have treated me well, and all that has happened has disgusted me.”
Talk of a third factory bike to accommodate Capirossi appear to be more complicated than simply adding Melandri to the mix, with the current Ducati rider confirming that the setup would be somewhat different.
“Livio Suppo offered me a third bike identical to the factory team's machines, but my engineer Christian Populin would be moved to work with Melandri and I would be part of the d'Antin satellite team. I have nothing against Luis, who is a great Team Manager but the truth is that I was expecting something different.”
Offers from Suzuki and Kawasaki remain on the table, and it seems that the smart money would be on Capirossi and Ducati severing ties for 2008.
“Ducati have given me a lot, I can't deny that, but I've also offered them a lot in return. I developed the bike and saw that it moved forward with its evolution. I will be riding next year if all goes well, and possibly even in 2009”, concluded the popular Italian.
DORNA / CAPSIS International