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Checa joins Ducati for 2005

Checa joins Ducati for 2005

Checa joins Ducati for 2005

Carlos Checa will join the Ducati Marlboro Team for the 2005 MotoGP World Championship. The Spaniard will partner Loris Capirossi, whose third year with the team was confirmed earlier this season, aboard factory Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP5s.

Checa will have his first chance to ride the bike during tests at Valencia on Monday and will have further tests on Wednesday and Thursday, working alongside Capirossi on development for the 2005 season. Checa arrives at Ducati Marlboro in place of Troy Bayliss, who made his last appearance for Ducati in Sunday's final Grand Prix of the season.

"Troy is undoubtedly one of the most important riders in the history of Ducati," commented Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali. "Together we have enjoyed some great successes, so I'd like to say a big thank you to him, from myself and everyone else at Ducati. Troy has ridden Ducatis for the last seven years, the last five with the factory team, so maybe it's time for both of us to try new challenges.

"Carlos is a very fast and highly motivated rider, we're proud to have him on our team, and we're sure that his experience will be crucial in helping us to continue moving forward. He will ride the bike for the first tomorrow so he will immediately be involved with the development of the GP5. Finally I'd like to say thank you to Yamaha for allowing Carlos to start working with us right away."


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