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Suzuki preseason rolls on with new sponsor

  Suzuki preseason rolls on with new sponsor

Suzuki preseason rolls on with new sponsor

Suzuki have revealed the new livery which will adorn the GSV-R 2006, with the distinctive 'Rizla blue' colour of their new sponsor taking pride of place.

As part of a two season title sponsorship deal with Rizla –the market leader in cigarette papers- the team with which Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins will ride in the World Championship will now be known as Rizla Suzuki MotoGP.

An Official Team Launch Presentation will be held at the Circuit De Catalunya on Thursday 2nd March at 7pm, with journalists gathering in hospitality facility for an event which includes the official public unveiling of the all-new 2006 specification Rizla Suzuki GSV-R XRE4.

Team Manager Paul Denning expressed his delight with the new deal in a statement.

"This is an exciting and significant step forward for Suzuki in MotoGP, and for the Rizla Suzuki partnership. Rizla is a colourful and exciting brand that fits in well with Suzuki's racing ethos and identity. The added pressure of a sponsor to support Suzuki's racing programme will also bring a welcome impetus to improve performance both on and off the track"

"Suzuki has been working with Rizla since 2002 in the British Championship and we are now very pleased to be extending the association to the worldwide stage in MotoGP. Rizla and Suzuki also have historical links, which include Kevin Schwantz making his Grand Prix debut aboard a Rizla-backed RG500. Our dynamic and ambitious 2006 racers take to the track aiming to replicate the level of excitement and success that developed from there. I know that with the dedication and commitment of Suzuki and the support of Rizla and everybody involved, we can now take the team to a much-improved level throughout 2006"

MotoGP, 2006

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