Nov 18, 2010
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The Go Eleven Team aims for the top in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup. Following their recent switch from KTM to Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki, the team has announced today that it has signed an agreement with Italian NiccolÃ² Canepa, a rider of unquestioned ability who has already won the title in this category in 2007.
The 22-year-old Italian rider therefore returns to the championship that launched him towards a MotoGP career, a choice that to some may seem like a step down, but which Canepa has accepted willingly as an opportunity to kick-start his career in the wake of a disappointing 2010 season.
Canepa will race the latest spec Kawasaki ZX10R, a bike built with a new design concept, and with which he will be aiming to win the first title in this category for the Japanese manufacturer.
NiccolÃ² Canepa: "The Go Eleven project has won me over, everyone is very enthusiastic about it and they all want to do well. I have decided to come back to Superstock, despite receiving offers to stay in Moto2 and despite the fact that the 2010 season was conditioned by the budget problems of the team I raced for. I think this is the right environment to revitalize my career and as soon as possible arrive in World Superbike, my 'first love' and where I made my debut when I was Ducati test-rider. I believe that this team has the right structure and personnel to work well on the new Kawasaki, which until now I've only been able to admire at the EICMA show, but I hope to be able to test it soon".
Gianni Ramello - Piero Cabutti (team owners): "Canepa joining our team is great for us. We are very pleased that he believes in this project, of which he is a fundamental part. He's one of the best young talents in Italy, now it's up to us to give fresh stimulus to his career".
Team manager Denis Sacchetti added: "I am delighted to be able to work with Canepa, whom I have raced against ever since we were in mini-bikes. I know his potential well and I'm sure it's now our job to give him the right conditions to go well. Our aim must only be to compete for the top places in the championship".