While most of the silly season gossip focuses - quite understandably - on the fate of MotoGP's so-called Aliens, rumblings are also starting to emerge elsewhere. Perhaps the wildest of the other rumors currently doing the rounds concerns Loris Capirossi, whose tough season at the factory Rizla Suzuki team is starting to take its toll. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport (as reported by Autosport), and confirmed by GPOne.com, Capirossi's manager Carlo Pernat is looking around for a way to get Capirossi out of the clutches of Suzuki for next year.
Pernat has spoken to both Fausto Gresini and Lucio Cecchinello, looking to place Capirossi with one of the two Italian ex-riders. The LCR Honda option would require Capirossi becoming part of a two-rider team, something that would please Dorna immensely, but the problem for Cecchinello would be finding the budget. Perhaps a more realistic option for the Italian veteran would be a switch to Pramac, and making a return to Ducati, the manufacturer he scored his best results with.
The problem with all these options, Pernat told GPOne.com, was naturally one of money. In a satellite team, Capirossi could not command anywhere near the salary the Italian is receiving in his current position. The only factory options open to Capirossi would involve a switch to World Superbikes, a move that Pernat insists Capirossi is not interested in. But a satellite ride on a more competitive machine would be preferable to his current uncompetitive factory steed.
But perhaps the wildest of the current options Pernat is examining for Capirossi would involve a switch to Yamaha. Should Colin Edwards receive the call to ride the bike left vacant by Valentino Rossi - a move the Texan has insisted has a probability of "0.0%" - then Capirossi could switch into the Tech 3 team to take Edwards' place, in anticipation of a full-time ride with the team in 2011.
The obvious problem with that scenario is of course that Capirossi already has a contract with Suzuki, one which pays the Italian tax exile - Capirossi is currently resident in Monaco, though the Italian tax authorities dispute that reading of events - a very healthy wage. Breaking contracts - though sadly all too common nowadays - can be a very expensive business, and with a multi-million tax bill from the Italian internal revenue service, Capirossi may decide that discretion is the better of valor, and stay where he is until the end of the year.