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Loris Capirossi signs two year contract with Ducati

Loris Capirossi signs two year contract with Ducati

Loris Capirossi signs two year contract with Ducati

Loris Capirossi has officially announced that he will quit the West Honda Pons team at the end of the current season and ride for the new Ducati MotoGP effort. The 29 year has signed a two year contract with the Italian manufacturer, who unveiled their four stroke Desmosedici machine to a packed press conference at the Gran Premio Cinzano d´Italia in May, and will begin testing alongside new team-mate Troy Bayliss at the end of the 2002 season.

`I have spent three very happy and successful years with the West Honda Pons team and now I feel it is time to move on,´ explained Capirossi. `For sure I shall miss the team as I it has been the best team I have ridden in during my career but I am relishing the new challenge offered to me by Ducati. The prospect of being the number one rider with such a prestigious Italian constructor as Ducati is a great honour for any Italian rider and I am looking forward to the prospect of being involved in the development of such an exciting new project. I would like to express my sincerest thanks to Sito Pons, Antonio Cobas, Santii Mulero and the rest of my mechanics for all their support over the last three years. I will certainly miss them all.´ Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali, who also announced a four-year sponsorship contract with Marlboro, added: `We strongly wanted Troy and Loris because both have shown themselves to be extremely talented riders and above all because they are totally committed to our project. The desire to win and to face new challenges that we see in both of them was the deciding factor in our decision. Thanks to their experience, we are certain that we will make our MotoGP debut with a top-level team and with the right motivation to develop the Desmosedici as quickly as possible. ´

Capirossi ends three years of co-operation with the West Honda Pons squad as team-mate to Alex Barros. During this time he has picked up twenty-four front row starts, five pole positions, fourteen podiums and one victory from 43 Grands Prix.

MotoGP, 2002, Loris Capirossi

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