Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio has insisted the factory's recent decision to replace MotoGP project leader Satoru Terada is not related to a more than underwhelming start to the 2017 campaign.

Having overseen Suzuki's return to the MotoGP class after a three-year absence, and the subsequent two seasons that brought about one race win and three further podium finishes, Terada was recently replaced by Shinichi Sahara, who was present at the Grand Prix of Catalunya last weekend.

Suzuki has endured a mare of a year to date, with lead rider Andrea Iannone failing to convince in recent outings, while new rookie signing Alex Rins has completed just one race due to two serious injuries.

However, Brivio was keen to point out this change was a 'normal' decision that is commonly taken by Japanese factories, with recent results not a factor.

"In Japan, sometimes the positions change," he explained. "I wasn't there. Sahara was a project leader already until 2011. When Suzuki stopped, he went to work for production.

"He was basically very much involved on the GSX-R 1000, kind of responsible. I don't know exactly the position but as far as I know he was in charge and responsible of the GSX-R 1000, which is a great bike. It did a great job.

"Now after six years he's back to racing. He wanted to get back to racing. He's a racing guy. So, we're happy to have him with us. Sahara as a project leader did a great job because he started this project from zero, from a white paper, and we had the bike at a good level already.

"OK, struggling now, but we won a race in the second year. We scored a podium. He did a very good job, but in the Japanese factories it's common that the position change time to time.

"So, now we are happy to get Sahara here and we'll see how we continue and push more on development. This decision is not related to results or whatever. It's just normal."

By Neil Morrison

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if you believe that, then I have some great properties in the Sarhara desert with sea views for sale

"In Japan sometimes the position change...".

"He was .... kind of responsible ...".

"I wasn't there.".

"He wanted to get back to racing ....".

"So we're happy to have him with us ...".

Thank You for this enlightening interview, Davide. It was super interesting to learn that Japan is a unique country where "sometimes the positions change". It was also super interesting to learn what a nice and warm hearted company ex Aleix-Espargaro employer Suzuki is in wanting to help anyone who just wants to get back to racing.

It is a pity "you weren't there" to sample such warmth.

But as you say, it is NOT related to results ......

Normal - Normal !!!!!!!!!!!!