Rizla Suzuki has given Loris Capirossi a fond farewell after he left the Suzuki MotoGP team following the final race of the year at Valencia in Spain.
Capirossi joined Suzuki at the Valencia test in 2007 and made his racing debut in 2008. He has been a firm favourite with Suzuki’s management and crew in his three years with the team and has brought a wealth of experience and passion that all who have worked with him have benefitted from.
Suzuki Motor Corporation, all members of the MotoGP team, title sponsor Rizla and the team’s other sponsors and partners would like to wish Capirossi and his family well in the next steps of his career and in his personal life, and to thank him for the three years of hard work and effort that he has given the team.
“I have had a great three years at Suzuki and am obviously very sad to be leaving. The results have not been what we wanted, but we have never given up trying and the whole crew has always given me the support and help I’ve wanted. I have made some good friends during my time here and I hope those relationships will last long after the racing. I want to wish Paul, Sahara-san, Álvaro and the rest of the team all the best for 2011 and I look forward to fighting against them on a race-track somewhere in the near future.”
Paul Denning – Team Manager:
“On behalf of Suzuki Motor Corporation and the whole team, in addition to Rizla, we thank Loris for the three years that he has been with the team and wish him the best of luck for the future. Loris has been a ‘racing animal’ and a great ambassador for Rizla Suzuki both on and off the track – even when things have not gone according to plan he has been a true professional and a gentleman. Loris has become a good friend of the team and we will be sad to see him leave. We hope that Loris, Ingrid, Ricardo, Roberto and all his family and friends will remain in touch with us and feel free to say hello and come for a coffee whenever they want – because they will all certainly be very welcome. We all hope that Loris continues to have success, health and happiness in the next steps of his career – grazie, Loris!”