After Sete Gibernau was injured in a crash caused by Casey Stoner, ironically the man who will replace him next year at Ducati, speculation was rife as to who would replace Gibernau at Valencia. The name getting the most attention was Troy Bayliss, and Ducati have finally made it official: today they issued a press release stating that Bayliss will ride at Valencia. Bayliss is understandably delighted, and it must give extra satisfaction, after being dropped by the Ducati MotoGP team two years ago.
Although the Ducati press release doesn't say so in so many words, the Dutch website Racesport.nl is reporting that Capirossi won't race the 800 at Valencia. Livio Suppo, Ducati Team Manager is quoted as saying that Capirossi wants to focus on securing 3rd position in the championship, and they can't risk using the 800, even though the tight Valencia track doesn't suit the big Ducati, or indeed any of the MotoGP bikes.