The arduous research carried out by Suzuki, for over a year now, in an attempt to find a replacement in the role of team manager for Davide Brivio – who left the team just after the title won with Joan Mir in 2020, accepting the challenge proposed by Alpine in Formula 1 – perhaps finally brought fruit. The one chosen to try to bring the house of Hamamatsu back to the top would in fact be another Italian: the former manager of Ducati and Honda Livio Suppo. A shot that, if certified in black and white, would significantly relaunch the short and medium-term ambitions of the Japanese company. In fact, it would also be a useful purchase from a driver market perspective, to try to convince Mir not to change the air. In fact, it is no mystery that the Spaniard, who is expiring his contract at the end of 2022, is looking around.
To hypothesize the name of Suppo as a new reference figure in Suzuki was the website TheRace.com. The Italian’s top-level curriculum would be the extra weapon to try to make a house that in 2020 interrupted a 20-year abstinence from qualifications back as the protagonist. After Brivio’s sudden farewell, which according to the pilots themselves destabilized the environment considerably, the role was occupied ad-interim by the project leader Shinichi Sahara. The same Japanese manager, however, having to deal with the development of the bike, admitted that he considered the double commitment excessive, thus restarting the hunt for a replacement. The former Pramac manager Francesco Guidotti, who instead chose the path of KTM, seemed to be able to aspire to that role.
Second TheRace.com the signing of Suppo and its consequent announcement could be imminent, with the Italian being able to attend the pit wall already in the first race of the season, scheduled for Sunday 6 March in Qatar. Suppo began his career as a manager at Ducati in 2003, successfully managing the team until 2009 and winning the 2007 title with Casey Stoner. He then moved to Honda, reuniting with Stoner and winning again with the Australian in 2011. In 2013 he then brought a then very young Marc Marquez to the team, grabbing the 2013, 2014 and 2016 titles with the Spaniard, before resigning. .
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