Loris Capirossi not interested in World Superbike switch

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Loris Capirossi is expected to retire at the end 2011 rather than follow the likes of Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Marco Melandri from MotoGP into World Superbikes.

The Italian veteran will shun the chance to move to World Superbikes by announcing his retirement from racing at the Brno MotoGP round next month.

Capirossi made his 322nd Grand Prix appearance in Laguna Seca last weekend but said he will use the short summer break to decide on his future and announce his plans during the forthcoming Czech Republic race.

The 38-year-old, who has endured a nightmare 2011 having scored only one top 10 finish in ten races for Pramac Ducati, told MCN: “A couple of teams are interested in me to change to World Superbikes but I am really not interested. My dream is to continue in MotoGP or maybe stop, I don’t know.  When I come back in Brno I will say something because in this moment the bike is unfortunately not very competitive and we struggle a lot.

“I don’t really enjoy when I’m riding and this year we always seem to have a problem.  This is a good time to understand what I will do in the future. After 22 seasons with a lot of victories and podiums I don’t have to demonstrate to anybody what is my potential. I just want a good bike and to enjoy racing again.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt