News, Suzuki back in GP with Brivio

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Suzuki back in GP with Brivio

Friday, 25 January 2013 16:49 by rm – News

Suzuki is ready to return to MotoGP, but that isn’t the big news. The possibility that the Japanese manufacturer could rejoin the premier class for 2014, has talked about ever since they last raced in 2011, when it was hypothesized that their sabbatical could last two seasons.  The latest news, which came from Max Temporali last night during his Griglia di Partenza TV show, is that Davide Brivio will be the one leading the Suzuki team in MotoGP.

His name wasn’t merely mentioned in jest, since several rumors circulating the GP paddock placed the Italian manager’s name with the new team.

Brivio has considerable experience in MotoGP, and he was the Yamaha team manager during Valentino Rossi’s successful run there.  Apparently the location of the team headquarters has already been decided, and it will likely be in the Lombardy region of Italy.  This means that Brivio won’t have to travel far from his current job, working for Valention Rossi’s VR 46 management company.

One issue to be resolved will be the team structure they utilize, since Carmelo Ezpeleta confirmed at Wrooom that all new entries to the premier class must either join an existing team, or purchase the rights to participate.  This would apply to Suzuki as well, who would either have to find a partner squad or shell out the cash necessary to go it alone.

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A Little History – Suzuki raced in MotoGP starting from the very first year, 2002, with riders Kenny Roberts Jr. and Sete Gibernau, managing to get on the podium during the Brazilian GP.  They didn’t obtain great results with the 1000cc format, but things went a little better with the 800cc bike: in their first season, 2007, they scored their first and only MotoGP win with Chris Vermeulen, while John Hopkins finished 4th in the overall championship standings, landing on the podium four times.  The signing of a top rider like Loris Capirossi didn’t bring them another step forward, however, and after three years with the Italian they fielded only Alvaro Bautista in 2011.  The last man to ride the GSV-R was Randy De Puniet, during the Valencia post season test, after which Suzuki announced they were pulling out .

Suzuki’s engineers haven’t been sitting on their hands, however, and in the last year their MotoGP project has been carried forward, with test riders even riding the bike in Japan. Indeed, it was tester Nobuatso Aoki who confirmed this in February of last year, even if he didn’t say whether the V4 engine layout was dropped in favor of an inline-four, as many people are speculating.

Just a few months ago Suzuki actually looked ready to return for 2013, when they contacted both Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow as possible riders.  Their plans changed, however, and last December Ezpeleta said we might see their new bike during some test sessions, before it was ready to race in 2014.  When the time comes, the team could be speaking just a little more Italian than it had in the past.

Translation by Sean Sedacca

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