Loris Capirossi insists he still has plenty to offer MotoGP as he prepares to enter his 22nd season in the grand prix paddock with new employers Pramac Ducati.
Already the most experienced rider on the MotoGP grid with 315 GP starts to his name, the move to Pramac Ducati marks a new chapter for Capirossi having been involved in factory-backed projects in recent years.
However, having struggled with Suzuki in 2010 on the way to a lowly 16th in the standings – the first time he has finished outside the top ten overall since 1992 -, Capirossi says it made sense to revive his relationship with Ducati, albeit in the satellite capacity.
"I spent five seasons with Ducati, to return three years later to it's for me like coming back to my family,” the 37-year-old said. “For me to run with the Pramac Racing Team means the certainty of being able to get good results. I have not reflected a moment when I was asked to return to Ducati.
“In a few days we will be back on track in better shape for the second session of testing at Sepang. We surely need to improve in some aspects but we were happy after the first winter test. For example, I found some difficulty in braking and the riding during corners, but the simple fact that we have improved our lap times constantly it means that we are on the right direction. Then with Randy on the team will be much easier.
Though tipped to retire at the end of 2010, Capirossi is not entertaining the thought of hanging up his helmet just yet, adding that he is certain he can still be a reckoned force in MotoGP, even when it reverts back to 1000cc.
“Between us there is great harmony. It's the perfect companion to this adventure in Ducati. My story in MotoGP is not over yet. I think I can give so much more to this category, regardless of the new rules. "