Retired triple World Champion and former factory Ducati racer Loris Capirossi says that Valentino Rossi will find race and even championship winning form once he leaves Ducati and rejoins Yamaha at the end of the year.
Capirossi firmly puts the blame for Rossi’s poor Ducati performances at the feet of the factory.
“Valentino has done the right thing, because he’s still the best and he knows that well, and because with Ducati you can’t win anymore, at least not at the moment,” Capirossi told Repubblica. He couldn’t carry on, I’m sorry for Ducati, but perhaps the end of this love story will teach everyone something. They didn’t manage to keep up with the times.”
Capirossi, who won races on the Desmosedici and was a credible 2006 title contender for much of that season, seems to believe that Ducati for all their Italian passion take too technical an approach to their racing.
“Valentino is right: they would talk about numbers, technical analysis, tables, without listening to the guy on the bike. For too long they had thought the problem was the rider, but it wasn’t.”
Loris too points out that the bike Vale is racing today is a far cry from the trellis framed, Bridgestone shod 800cc missile that Stoner dominated the 2007 season on.
“[Stoner's] was a different bike. The year he won the title I won a race too and got on the podium twice,” he said. “I’d really like to see what Stoner would do with today’s Ducati.”
Capirossi, who still works in MotoGP as a safety advisor says Rossi is his 2013 title pick even though returning to a formerly successful team is not without its hazards. In the 1980’s Eddie Lawson took his number 1 plate from Yamaha to Honda and won the championship but was unable to win another title upon being reunited with Yamaha. Loris has answer for this objection too pointing out that Rossi is in a class of his own.
“Let’s not kid ourselves, there’s no one like him. He is a blessing for this sport.”