Indy MotoGP: Suzuki delighted to keep Loris Capirossi

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Suzuki boss Paul Denning has spoken of his delight at clinching a new deal with Loris Capirossi but also of his sadness at releasing Chris Vermeulen.

Capirossi will partner Spaniard Alvaro Bautista on a factory GSV-R in 2010 in a deal confirmed in Indianapolis today.

But it means that Aussie Vermeulen, who remains the only rider to win a four-stroke MotoGP race for Suzuki, is out of a job and chasing options in MotoGP and World Superbikes.

Denning said: “Loris brings so much character, bravery and experience to Suzuki, and his technical input is invaluable.

"He still has an enormous drive and determination to succeed - we now have to react to his requests and give him the tools to be as competitive as possible.

"We hope that Loris, with the youthful exuberance of Alvaro alongside him next season, will be a good partnership. Loris is a great team-mate but certainly won't want to be beaten by the younger guy so I am sure he will be fighting hard.”

Denning though also praised the efforts of Vermeulen as he looks for a new team in the wake of his departure.

Denning added: “This announcement confirms that Suzuki and Chris Vermeulen will not be working together in 2010.

"On behalf of Suzuki Motor Corporation and the whole team, including title sponsor Rizla, I want to wish Chris the best of luck in his future career.

"He has been a great asset to us and a true professional at all times - even when things have not quite gone to plan.

"We have had some amazing high-points with Chris - taking Suzuki's first four-stroke Grand Prix win at Le Mans in 2007 being the obvious highlight.”

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Matthew Birt

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