Suzuki hires ex-Honda boss as MotoGP team manager

Suzuki hires ex-Honda boss as MotoGP team manager

The 2020 teams’ and riders’ environment champions have been on the hunt for a crew

The 2020 teams’ and riders’ environment champions have been on the hunt for a crew supervisor considering that Davide Brivio – who helmed the Japanese marque from 2013 – departed to sign up for Alpine as racing director in System 1.

With Brivio’s exit coming on the eve of the 2021 season, Suzuki elected to sort a administration committee of seven superior-profile customers of the team helmed by venture chief Shinichi Sahara.

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But discontent grew inside Suzuki with out any one filling Brivio’s void, with Sahara admitting at the finish of very last 12 months that his new part proved much too a great deal for him.

Suzuki was dealt a blow past 7 days when Alpine announced a new function for Brivio, ending hopes of a return to Suzuki for the Italian – with the marque revealing earlier this thirty day period that exploring for a new crew manager was having lengthier than predicted.

Suppo was workforce boss at Ducati when Casey Stoner received the title in 2007, prior to moving to Honda in 2010 – initial as advertising and communications director – where by he turned workforce principal in 2013.

He remaining that position at the conclude of 2017, with Alberto Puig having above at the helm of Honda.

Suppo’s name has been joined to the vacant crew manager part at Suzuki for some time, with the marque confirming his appointment on Wednesday.

The Spaniard says the proposal from Sahara “arrived at the ideal time” and is delighted to return to the MotoGP paddock obtaining been missing it for a although.

Alex Rins, Group Suzuki MotoGP

Photograph by: Suzuki

“I am incredibly proud to develop into Suzuki Ecstar’s Workforce Manager and satisfied to re-be a part of the MotoGP Championship soon after four several years,” Suppo claimed.

“I’m also incredibly honoured to be concerned in this excellent challenge with Suzuki for sure it will be a hard job to be section of an historic company in MotoGP, who not too long ago realized the crown in 2020 in the year of their 100th anniversary.

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“I also really feel it will be a fantastic encounter to get started operating with two gifted riders like Joan Mir and Alex Rins, each able of battling for the major in MotoGP.

“Sahara-san’s proposal came at the perfect time for me, I had been busy setting up my e-bicycle organization but I was definitely lacking the paddock and all set to come again.

“Racing has been my everyday living, for almost all my job, and I will do my best to carry my working experience to Team Suzuki Ecstar.

“I know they are a great team, but also a excellent group of humans, so this could help a good deal to reach our targets sooner.

“MotoGP presently is far more and extra fascinating, with many really rapid riders and aggressive bikes from all makers.

“It’s a challenging obstacle for most people concerned, where by all the tiny specifics can make the change, I am ready to be element of the activity once again and give my all to be on top rated with Suzuki.”

Autosport understands Suzuki’s main target to consider on the workforce manager purpose right before Suppo was ex-rider and present-day RNF Racing Yamaha chief Wilco Zeelenberg.

However, Zeelenberg – following Petronas SRT’s rebranding for 2022 – will keep on being with RNF Racing in 2022.

Suzuki endured a difficult 2021 time, with 2020 globe winner Joan Mir only able to rating 6 podiums and complete 3rd in the standings owing to a lack of progress with the GSX-RR.

But the Japanese marque appears to have taken a stage ahead with its bicycle in 2022 following a potent pre-time testing stage in Malaysia and Indonesia in February.

Mir was compelled to pass up the last working day of testing in Indonesia due to sickness, but believes this hasn’t harmed his preparations for the start out of the new marketing campaign.