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Rizla Suzuki have confirmed Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen will remain with the squad for the 2009 season which leaves AMA Champion Ben Spies out in the cold so far as a Suzuki ride goes.

Team boss Paul Denning made the announcement this morning, saying that Aussie Vermeulen has now become an integral part of the team, while Capirossi’s input into the bike’s development has been crucial.

Vermeulen said: "Over the last three years there has been big progress with both the machine and with my level as a rider. Suzuki was my entry into Grand Prix racing, I have been here for three years and won a GP - and been on podium many times – so I am really pleased to be continuing this relationship.


"I had offers from other teams, but I always felt that I wanted to stay with Suzuki if we could get the terms agreed so that everyone was happy. Luckily we were able to do that, so now I can get on with trying to win more races and help Suzuki get to a World Championship challenging level.”

Capirossi added: "I have really enjoyed my short time here and know we are making progress and can be on top again. The management has shown faith in me - even though I have not been at my best due to my injuries - and now I must start to re-pay them for their belief in me and to committing to me a further season.

"I have enjoyed working with Paul and my whole crew has been fantastic all season, whatever I have asked for they have delivered and they are probably the hardest working guys in the paddock. I still have unfinished business in MotoGP and on the Suzuki, I still have podiums, pole positions and race wins in me and I believe that I can achieve that with this team. I want to finish my career with Suzuki and I want to do that in style!”

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