Originally Posted by whippersnapper
Give the guy a chance the Suzuki is a pile of shite
I can't give Capirossi a free pass because he is on a "crap" Suzuki. He has been in GP racing for 21 years, riding for Honda/Yamaha/Aprilia/Ducati and Suzuki, and he knows what teams put money and effort into their programs better than anyone on the grid. He chose to leave a Ducati factory ride after it won a title to ride for Suzuki.
You say the Suzuki is a crap team/bike. John Hopkins finished 4th in the standings (with 4 podiums) and Chris Vermeulen finished 6th in the standings (4 podiums including 1 win) in 2007....the year before Capirossi moved over to Suzuki. Loris has finished 10th in 08, 9th in 09, and 16th in 2010....and lost out to his teammate, a MotoGP rookie this season.
Suzuki's 800cc bike has had 97 race starts with 10 podiums including 1 win with 10 different riders not counting Capirossi or his stats. His contribution to Suzuki...1 podium in 49 race starts!!
Back to the crap bike idea. Ducati's 800cc (not counting Stoner) has had 17 different riders with 237 race starts taking 9 podiums including 1 win. Keep in mind this includes Melandri, Hayden, Capirossi, Elias, Bautista, Barbera, Kallio....all GP world champions or regular GP winners/podium finishers. Without the anomaly of Stoner....the Ducati is garbage with these stats and that level of riders, and I am pretty sure Rossi would not have signed up to ride it if Stoner did not produce his stats.
Loris has raced his whole life, started GP's at 16...and now is 37 with 21 GP seasons under his belt. I think Capirossi knows he is not a factor on the GP grid anymore. I think this is why he left a factory Ducati ride after 07 so he could continue to ride in GP races but he will always get a "free pass" on the "crap Suzuki"...making it a no pressure situtation if he did not put up any good results. I don't think he can quit and leave GP racing behind...it is too much a part of his life and I think he would rather ride earning sub-par results than retiring. I don't think he will leave until he is forced out (injury or signed by any team).
Starting last year....Rossi was said by many to be washed up, too old to run with the young crowd, yet Capirossi keeps on riding under the radar. People call out for Edwards to kicked to the curb, James Toseland was not resigned after only 2 seasons in GP racing, and Kallio was let go with 2 races left this season...both had similar results that Capirossi has had with Suzuki this last 3 years....yet Capirossi gets a 2 year deal on a Ducati ride (replacing Kallio IIRC).
I can't think of any reason Capirossi should be holding a GP seat with grids this small....it cheapens the championship when there is a 16/17 rider grid and he DNF's 10 times this season. Now factor in that someone else will crash out and now you have every rider getting a championship point as long as they stay on 2 wheels. That is a joke if you want to call this the premier class.