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Suzuki extends Rizla partnership

Loris Capirossi, Suzuki, Sepang 2009Suzuki has announced a further extension to its partnership with Imperial Tobacco Limited, meaning the MotoGP team will continue sporting the Rizla brand on its bike.

Rizla became Suzuki's title sponsor in 2006 and today's announcement means the deal is extended at least until 2011.

"Everybody involved with the Suzuki Grand Prix project is delighted that the Rizla brand will continue its partnership in 2010 and into 2011, and that we are able to continue with the now iconic Rizla Suzuki image for the next two seasons," said team manager Paul Denning.

"It's very clear that the 2009 season fell far below our expectations and targets, but Loris, Alvaro, the whole team and the Suzuki Racing group in Hamamatsu will be doing everything we can to take a big step forward and re-pay Rizla's faith in the project during 2010 and beyond."

Riders Loris Capirossi and new-signing Alvaro Bautista will be in action on their Rizla Suzukis at the first test of 2010 at Sepang in Malaysia this week.

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