Paulo Campinoti, Team Principle of Pramac Ducati, today announced that Loris Capirossi will not be racing at this weekends Italian Grand Prix due to injuries sustained at last weekends Dutch Grand Prix. Due to Capirossi’s crew not having a rider to look after this weekend, some of the Pramac crew will be joining the factory Ducati garage for Valentino Rossi.

“We are extremely sad regarding what happened to Loris in Assen. It’s such a pity, especially before such an important race, for him and for us, at the Mugello. It is our home Grand Prix and his absence will be felt.” said Campinoti.

“We tried to look for some alternative riders for this race, but in such a short time it was impossible. Because of this, part of our technical staff doesn’t have a rider to manage and we gladly accepted Ducati’s request to use our Technical Engineer, Fabiano Sterlacchini, in support of Valentino Rossi as to the absence of his official Chief Technician, Jeremy Burgess, due to personal matters.” he continued.

He finished, “We confide that also thanks to this Valentino and Ducati will gain some benefits. Our relationship with the Ducati family is very strong and this particular situation can surely prove it.”