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Pramac Racing has announced that Loris Capirossi will be switching teams from Suzuki ahead of the 2011 season, meaning he returns to a Ducati bike for the first time since his works ride of three years ago.
Bologna’s Capirossi has enjoyed his best overall MotoGP class finish with Ducati, finishing third overall in the 2006 season, and he now joins the satellite team after three difficult seasons at Suzuki which have yielded only a single podium result thus far.
“This return to a Ducati bike makes me feel like a child!” said the 37-year-old.
“I don’t feel 37! I have a great desire to start this new adventure and am enormously pleased about the new agreement which has been reached with the Pramac, which will allow me to ride and be part of an Italian Team.
“I would like to thank Team Principal Paolo Campinoti for giving me this great opportunity and for the confidence placed in me. I'll be back with Ducati, with whom I had very good results over the past years.”
“We are very pleased to have closed an agreement with one of the most experienced riders and one of the most titled of the current MotoGP World Championship,” Campinoti added. “The deal between us was very simple because Pramac Racing Team and he always aim to 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 at all the tracks next year whilst also taking some satisfaction. We’ll celebrate our tenth anniversary in the World Championship with Loris and that’s a real honour for us.”
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