MotoGP: Suzuki confident in Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen partnership

Published: 24 August 2007

Suzuki boss Paul Denning believes Chris Vermeulen and Loris Capirossi will form a formidable partnership in the 2008 MotoGP world championship. 

Veteran Italian Loris Capirossi will quit Ducati at the end of the 2007 season to join Chris Vermeulen on a factory GSV-R, with John Hopkins switching to Kawasaki next year.

And Suzuki factory team boss Paul Denning said: “First of all they are both quite similar characters. That’s great because there isn’t going to be any bullshit.

“It will be a proper working relationship, as there has been between Chris and John.”

Paul Denning believes the signing of Loris Capirossi will help Suzuki engineers with winter development of the GSV-R, given he comes with a wealth of experience of Ducati’s GP7, which in the hands of Casey Stoner has won seven out of 12 races this season.

“Without doubt after five years of good and bad points with Ducati, Loris will bring us something quite interesting,” said Paul Denning, who reckons the arrival of triple world champion Loris Capirossi at Suzuki will only benefit Chris Vermeulen, who is still only his second year in the premier class.

“From Chris’s point of view, if Loris gets a good feeling with the bike and is able to put in a good performance immediately it will give him a benchmark and a level of technical feedback that maybe is different.

“But in fairness they are all so bloody good and the differences are so minimal these days that Chris has already got that with John in terms of John going quick pretty much everywhere we go,” added Paul Denning.