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Capirossi feels "betrayed" by Ducati
'Betrayed' Capirossi targets new home.
Tuesday, 7th August 2007
Italian chasing Suzuki, Kawasaki deal after rejecting satellite Ducati.
Despite the Ducati door appearing to have been left open to the Italian despite the signing of Marco Melandri to partner Casey Stoner next season, Loris Capirossi looks set to link up with Suzuki after claiming to have been 'betrayed'.
Although Kawasaki remains in the frame, the Italian media appears convinced that Capirossi will end up at Suzuki next season - and that confirmation could come as early as the next round of the MotoGP world championship, at Brno, over 16-19 August.
Capirossi is not necessarily upset at parting with the Italian team, but has been angered by the way in which his exit was handled, with apparently no mention of the split being made before Stoner and Melandri were confirmed at Laguna Seca.
"Loris was treated badly by Ducati," the rider's manager, Carlo Pernat, told Gazzetta dello Sport, "The marriage might have been coming to an end, but there were better ways for them to make it know than they did. It could have been handled better.
"Now Capirossi looks to the future. We are close to signing with another squad, and we are just checking the last details [of the deal]. There are two options - Suzuki or Kawasaki - but I believe are closer to the first. Loris is leaning towards the Suzuki, but the announcement will be made over the weekend at Brno."
It also appears that Capirossi had been offered a third option, with Ducati boss Livio Suppo suggesting that he could move to Luis d'Antin's satellite team, but the Italian felt that he would be better off making a clean break with the marque.
"I feel betrayed by Ducati," Capirossi was quoted as saying by La Stampa, "They could have been more open - I was not expecting the announcement that was made at Laguna Seca.
"I feel sad. Ducati has given me a lot, but I have also given a lot to them and, at the end, they lacked the courtesy to treat me as a human being."
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