The Pramac Racing team and Loris Capirossi have signed a deal that will put Capirossi back on a Ducati for the first time since 2007. It will be Pramac Racing’s 10th year in the MotoGP, and they have decided to enlist the help of an Italian rider for the 2011 season.
Capirossi has 313 Grand Prix starts, 29 wins, 99 podiums, and three titles. Capirossi has won two titles in the 125cc class, and one in the 250cc class.
“We are very pleased to have signed an agreement with one of the most experienced and titled riders currently riding in the MotoGP World Championship,” said Pramac Racing Team Principal, Paolo Campinoti. “The deal between us was very simple because Pramac Racing Team and Loris always try to fight for important results. We do not need to talk about Loris, we all know him, we know his value and we are sure that thanks to his quality we’ll have fun next year on all the tracks, taking some satisfaction too.”
“With Loris we will celebrate our tenth anniversary in the World Championship and this is a real honor for us. We know that Loris has achieved 99 podiums in his career and we hope to achieve triple figures together. I would like to thank our partners who have welcomed our choice and we hope that Loris’s fans and those of Pramac Racing will follow us with passion during next season.”
Capirossi, who raced this year with the Rizla Suzuki team, said that he was very excited to get back onto a Ducati.
“This return on a Ducati bike makes me feel like a child! I do not feel 37 years old,” Capirossi said. “I have a great desire to start this new adventure, I’m enormously pleased about this new agreement with the Pramac Racing Team which will allow me to ride and be part of an Italian team. I would like to thank the Team Principal of the Pramac Racing Team, Paolo Campinoti, for giving me this great opportunity and for the confidence placed in me. I’ll ride the Ducati again, with which I had very good results in the past and that I was able to develop in the 2007 season. This is a special feeling for me.”
“I thank Suzuki for the years we have spent together and also the excellent relationship with them. They have given me permission to ride with my new team starting at the Valencia Test next month.”
Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com