Capirossi Close To Leaving Ducati, Says His Manager

Carlo Pernat, Loris Capirossi's manager, gave an interview to MotoGP.com about Capirex's future today at the Sachsenring. In it, he admitted that Capirossi is very close to leaving Ducati. Pernat stated that he believed that the bikes of the various manufacturers in MotoGP are now all pretty close in terms of performance, making it easier to jump from one factory to another for riders, and opening up more opportunities for the top people in MotoGP.

As for Ducati, Pernat said he was expecting to hear from the Bologna factory what their plans are for Capirex after Laguna Seca, but he was not hopeful that the Italian veteran would be able to stay with Ducati. Pernat mentioned that both Suzuki and Kawasaki are interested in Capirossi, with Kawasaki looking to build a team of top flight riders, and Suzuki looking to replace John Hopkins with an experienced veteran capable of developing a motorcycle. So Capirossi seems to have plenty of choice, but cannot afford to wait too long. Pernat believes that by the time the MotoGP circus alights at Brno, Capirossi's future should already be settled.

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