It's finally official: Loris Capirossi has finally announced that he has a one year deal to ride for Suzuki for 2008, with an option for 2009. The Italian veteran held a press conference at Brno today, remarkably enough in the Ducati hospitality area, at which he made his decision public. "I have a good feeling about Suzuki: They have a lot of 500cc titles, and it means I will still be riding for a factory team, which was important," Capirossi said. He also confirmed that he had offers from both Kawasaki and from the satellite Pramac d'Antin Ducati team, which he rejected.
Capirossi was joined at the end of the press conference by Ducati's team manager Livio Suppo, who publicly thanked Capirossi for all of the effort he had put in to developing the Ducati Desmosedici to become the bike it is today. In a further sign that there are no real hard feelings between Capirossi and the Italian manufacturer, Suppo confirmed that Capirex would be given permission to test with Suzuki before the end of 2007.
Further details of the press conference are available over on MotoGP.com