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Ito to sub for Capirossi in Istanbul

Ito to sub for Capirossi in Istanbul

Ito to sub for Capirossi in Istanbul

Bridgestone test rider Shinichi Ito is to join the Ducati Marlboro Team as replacement for Loris Capirossi who crashed during practice for the Australian GP, suffering serious chest injuries, and will miss next weekend's inaugural Turkish GP.

"We are obviously sad that we don't have Loris with us for this weekend, but at the same time we offer a very warm welcome to Ito-san," said Ducati MotoGP project leader Livio Suppo. "He has done some great work doing tyre tests for us this year and it will be really nice to see a Japanese rider race a Ducati for the first time in MotoGP. It will also be a good opportunity to test Bridgestone tyres with Ito at this new circuit."

For his part, the Japanese rider expressed his delight at the opportunity to race the Desmosedici and insisted he would be giving his all in Istanbul.

"It is a great honour to take my place in the Ducati Marlboro Team for the Turkish GP," declared Ito. "I know it won't be an easy weekend but I'm looking forward to racing alongside all the full-time MotoGP riders and I will do my best. I have good experience of the Desmosedici having done many tests with the bike."

Ito, a former 500cc GP racer, currently has dual roles in his riding career – competing in the Japanese Superbike championship and testing tyres for Bridgestone. This year he has completed numerous tests with the Bridgestone MotoGP Test Team on the Desmosedici GP5 and last weekend he secured the Japanese Superbike title, riding a Bridgestone-equipped Honda.

Ito also won the 1998 Japanese Superbike crown and the 1990 Japanese 500 championship. From 1993 to 1996 he was a full-time 500cc GP rider, securing six podium finishes - including second-place finishes at the 1994 Czech GP and 1995 European GP. His best world championship result was fifth overall in 1995, he also finished fourth in the first-ever MotoGP race at Suzuka in 2002.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Loris Capirossi, Shinichi Ito

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