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Capirossi says ciao to Ducati and anticipates Suzuki challenge

Capirossi says ciao to Ducati and anticipates Suzuki challenge

Veteran Italian Loris Capirossi's final ride after five years with Ducati saw him finish fifth after an eighth place start on the grid at the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana, meaning he concluded the 2007 season seventh in the general standings.

Veteran Italian Loris Capirossi's final ride after five years with Ducati saw him finish fifth after an eighth place start on the grid at the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana, meaning he concluded the 2007 season seventh in the general standings.

Since joining the Ducati team in 2003 Capirossi has made a massive contribution to the Italian factory, giving them a victory in that first season, adding six subsequent wins, helping them develop into a World Championship winning outfit and facing every challenge with a smile on his face.

Before his move to the Rizla Suzuki team for next season Capirossi and his World Champion team-mate Casey Stoner rode at Valencia with special edition 'Made In Italy' liveries and were cheered on by the entire Ducati Corse staff, flown in from Bologna as the end of an era was marked.

After the race a philosophical Capirossi explained: "I felt emotional when I came into the pits after my last race for Ducati. Saying goodbye is always very difficult. We've had a lot of good times together and although this year has been difficult, I've won a race and scored three more podiums. I want to thank all my team, all the Ducati people and all the Ducati fans who have supported me."

Time does not stand still however, certainly not in MotoGP, and Capirossi looks forward to his Suzuki adventure with typical energy and enthusiasm.

"I am really happy," says the 34 year-old MotoGP stalwart, "because after five years with Ducati this is a very good time to change. I just cannot wait for the first time to jump on the bike. This will be important for me and for all the team. Suzuki looks in a good shape at the moment. Already the bike is good and we have three more tests this year to work on it and make more developments."

"My motivation is 100% focused on that moment and I have new toys in my hand! I am really happy to be going to Suzuki and start working with my new team - the first time I ride the bike will be the best moment for me. After 18 years in Grand Prix racing I think I don't have many more seasons, so I want to prepare my body and condition myself 110%, and try to do the best I can to challenge again for the championship."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Loris Capirossi

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