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Q&A: Davide Brivio - Fortuna Yamaha Team Director.

2001 was Davide Brivio's inaugural season in MotoGP, when he accepted the position of Team Director with the then Marlboro Yamaha Team.

Brivio was born and raised close to the Monza racing circuit in Italy and soon developed a love for motorsports, being a keen motocross racer as a young man.

When he decided that he wasn't going to make it as a racer, Brivio became the circuit commentator at his local motocross track and wrote reports for a motorcycle magazine.

Then, in 1990, he became the press officer for Fabrizio Pirovano in the World Superbike series, before running his own WSBK team in 1992 for the Belgarda Yamaha Racing Division. Brivio then manaed the factory Yamaha World Superbike Team from 1995 until 2000.

Riders under Brivio's supervision have included Colin Edwards, Scott Russell and Noriyuki Haga. Indeed, it was Haga who brought Brivio to GPs for the first time in 2001.

The Italian is married with two children, and whenever he gets any time away from work he spends it mountain biking or skiing near his home.

Q: How will you use Yamaha's achievements from last season for this season with the Fortuna Yamaha Team?

DB: Last year was very useful, it was the beginning of a new era of four-stroke racing in MotoGP. Yamaha has so much experience in racing but we did not have experience with a four-stroke in MotoGP, so we had to experiment last year.

At the beginning we had some difficulties but I think Yamaha had a great reaction and we were able to win races before the end of the season. We achieved second place in both the Riders' and Manufacturers' World Championship. This was a sign of how quickly and efficiently Yamaha reacted. It was an important year to collect information and to change our approach to racing.

This category seems to be a never-ending development for all the manufacturers. We will see a lot of development and many new ideas this year, especially since we are at the beginning of the new era. Last year we had to test and explore so many things, and we will use all of the information gained for this year. During the latest winter testing we have introduced fuel injection and we are trying to modify our chassis area. We are working hard with our riders to select the good specifications for the coming season.

Q: How different will it be working with new title sponsor Fortuna?

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