Ducati would welcome back Loris Capirossi for a shock return in 2011.
The veteran Italian left Ducati’s factory team at the end of 2007 having been humbled by Aussie Casey Stoner in the first 800cc world championship.
But the triple world champion is being strongly linked with a move to the satellite Pramac Ducati squad.
Capirossi’s future is uncertain at Suzuki after a woeful start to 2010 and Ducati insists it would consider the 37-year-old for next season.
Ducati has always preferred to use its satellite team to try and unearth young talent, but factory boss Alessando Cicognani told MCN: “Loris has the capacity to stay at the front with the top four.
We have told Paolo Campinoti (Pramac boss) that he finds an agreement with Loris we will be happy. I think he could be very tough to beat in some tracks and if he still has the strength and the willing to do well on our bike he could be a tough opponent. For Ducati it is not a question of age, we are only interested in fast rider."