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Suzuki announces continued Rizla MotoGP Partnership

Suzuki announces continued Rizla MotoGP Partnership

The MotoGP team will continue with its title sponsor until at least 2011.

Suzuki Motor Corporation is pleased to announce a further two-year agreement with ITL (Imperial Tobacco Limited) which will see the Suzuki MotoGP team continue to carry the Rizla brand on its GSV-R in the premier class of motorcycling racing.

Rizla became the title sponsor of Suzuki’s MotoGP team in 2006 and the further extension of the partnership will mean the Suzuki GSV-R will compete in the MotoGP World Championship in the now famous ‘Rizla Blue’ until at least 2011.

Loris Capirossi and new-signing Álvaro Bautista will be in action on their Rizla Suzuki prototypes at the first test of 2010 at Sepang in Malaysia this week, with the season scheduled to get underway in Qatar on April 11.

Paul Denning, Rizla Suzuki Team Manager, said: “Everybody involved with the Suzuki Grand Prix project is delighted that the Rizla brand will continue its partnership in 2010 and into 2011, and that we are able to continue with the now iconic Rizla Suzuki image for the next two seasons. It’s very clear that the 2009 season fell far below our expectations and targets, but Loris, Álvaro, the whole team and the Suzuki Racing group in Hamamatsu will be doing everything we can to take a big step forward and re-pay Rizla’s faith in the project during 2010 and beyond.”

Sales and Marketing Director of Imperial Tobacco Group Plc, Graham Blashill, added: “The MotoGP platform fits perfectly with Rizla's global, premium status and the close partnership we have forged with the Suzuki team enables us to leverage the brand extremely effectively. I wish Loris and Álvaro the best of luck on the track and I look forward to success for the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team as a whole.”

Rizla is the world’s premier brand of rolling papers and has had a racing association with Suzuki since the 1980s in Grand Prix, including Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz rolling out on his GP debut on a Rizla-backed RG500 in 1986.

MotoGP, 2010, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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