MotoGP » EXCLUSIVE Davide Brivio (Suzuki MotoGP) - Q&A


"I think the very important - and very positive - news is that Suzuki has decided to come back to MotoGP. Okay, it is one year later, but Suzuki is committed" - Davide Brivio.

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CRT

June 17, 2013 9:31 PM

Both Dani and Marc's contract (IIRC) expire at the end of 2014. Same goes for Lorenzo.

If Marquez turns out to be the second coming, Suzuki very well could bring Dani over. Dani carries with him Red Bull money, which if played well could be the title sponsor for Suzuki. With Red Bull money backing Suzuki and Dani at the helm it very well could be a competitive package. Championship probably not, but competitive none the less.

Rossi won't risk another embarrassment with Suzuki. He's having a hard enough time keeping up with his current teammate. Unless they open up the tire war and allow special tires it just isn't going to happen.

CRT

June 17, 2013 9:34 PM

JcRacing is correct, RDP was .7 seconds off the front pace however, these were fast laps in ideal conditions, not racing.

It still is fantastic news, especially considering that RDP (as fast as he is) probably wouldn't win or podium even on a full factory RCV or M1.

The future is looking bright for Suzuki. I hope they keep plugging away and make a bold comeback.

nealio

June 18, 2013 2:30 PM

Sounds to my ears like Suzuki is hedging, the other factories have to adapt to the rule changes for next year as well and they aren't taking a year off to do it! And they are already sniffing around for more engines. This doesn't sound like a committed factory effort. IMO they are thinking about entering a production racer like Honda is doing. Something that they can pass a part of the expense on to the teams while still being in the show. This has all the earmarks of a small budget effort from a company in trouble. It's a pity.

Dean Dean

June 18, 2013 3:43 PM

I'm afraid the times mean nothing given the Suzuki is GULPING fuel presently, Brivio made mention of the fact, 'fuel is an issue'...
What really grates me is the fact that Suzuki STILL messed about with that Mitsubishi ECU, in fact they're still using it, when they knew the MM control unit was due in 2014, even Denning mentioned that they 'should have had the ( far more expensive, refined ) Magneti Marelli ECU, but it's too late to install', at the start of 2011 season !
I really admire Suzuki, but they just make me mad 'going their own way'...just for the hell of it...

fastfisheye

June 19, 2013 3:36 AM

My first reaction was also to think that Rossi will be free in '15 and considering Brivio's close ties with Rossi (he has been running Rossi's merchandising company) it looked a shoe in.

Would VR really want to take the risk for small money? He is still the highest paid athlete on 2 wheels and I don't think Suzuki has the money available to pay Rossi what he is used to getting.

Suzuki does not need to secure a rider till silly season in mid '14 and if they cannot pay a large salary candidates will want to see how competitive the package is before committing. Part of the decision to go racing in '15 I think is to attract a top rider through having a competitive machine rather that paying a huge salary. This coincides with a bunch of racers being out of contract at the end of 2014.

BulletProof

June 19, 2013 11:54 AM
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Suzuki should consider Casey Stoner from retirement and bring him back.

Rossi has past it. i know some Rossi fans saying he will join suzuki for 2015, oh yeah he can but Rossi cant even match the pace of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and the newly promoted Marc Marquez. to be competitive you need new blood, anger for success and motivated, Rossi doesnt know why he is still in Motogp, he has done it all but cant find the motivation to be at the top anymore, its was his fame that made him stay there until now. now he cant win in a good bike, the alarms are ringing, age catching up. time for him to move to WSBK

Kyunoske

June 19, 2013 5:31 PM

I'm just happy that Suzuki finally went with an I-4 engine instead of the V4 configuration. This is there bread a butter and hoping they have a competitive package for 2015. In terms of riders, it depends on who is available.

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