Suzuki has finally announced the replacement of Davide Brivio. Almost a year after the director left, who is formula 1 with Alpine, the Japanese automaker confirmed the hiring of Livio Suppo as the new team boss MotoGPstarting immediately.
It’s no secret that Suzuki was looking for someone to replace Brivio quickly. In 2021, Shinichi Sahara, the project leader, was temporarily in the role and complained of being overworked several times. A solution, however, has already been agreed with a view to opening this year’s championship, March 6, in Qatar.
Suppo has been stamped into the World paddock motorcycle speed, and more than two decades of history. The manager started in the 125cc and 250cc classes with Honda. He then led Ducati projects for 11 years, including a run at Casey Stoner’s title in 2007 before leaving for Honda for another five seasons. When he left the category, the Italian started an electric motorcycle company.
“I’m proud to be Suzuki team principal and back MotoGP after four years. I am very honored to be a part of this great Suzuki project and it will certainly be a challenging mission to be a part of this historic car manufacturer in the category”, said Suppo.
“I also feel it will be a good experience to work with two talented drivers like Joan Mir and Álex Rins, both of them can be in the fight for the top positions of MotoGP. The proposal came at the right time for me. I’ve been busy with my electric motorcycle company, but I definitely missed the paddock and I’m back now. Racing has been a part of my life for most of my career and I will do everything I can to bring the experience to Suzuki.”
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Shinichi Sahara also commented on the hiring of a new manager and praised Suppo’s work in other teams.
“I believe that Livio fits the position because he has a lot of experience and a desire to win.” He understands how teams work and that a team environment is essential to being consistently competitive throughout the season. Some of our members have worked with him or know him for a long time because he has been in the paddock for years. I believe that Livio joins us to strengthen our team and make us stronger”, said the Japanese.
In 2021, Suzuki also found itself without a strong team member, as Davide Brivio was “stolen” by Alpine to work on the field. formula 1, after five years of work. The original idea was not to replace the Italian, a plan that ended up changing to 2022 after a lack of victory in the last event.
The 2022 World Cup season motorcycle speed starts on March 3, with the Qatar GP in Losail.