“This happened with Maverick. This happened with Aleix. I mean, Maverick wanted to go to MotoGP. We offered him that and at that time that was his dream. It came true. Aleix Espargaro spent all his life in private teams and struggling. We were offering him a factory team. For him it was an achievement. [It was] The same for Alex. Andrea Iannone was very motivated when he came here. And now it looks like the same for Joan’s situation. It’s very important that considers being in Suzuki an achievement. That is when you get the maximum effort and the maximum satisfaction.”

Crash.net:
Was signing Jorge Lorenzo ever a serious option?

Davide Brivio:
“Yeah, we talked with his manager. We talked for quite a long time. Of course, Lorenzo is an interesting option. But at the end we liked Joan’s project maybe looking more for the future. Of course, if you take a guy with Lorenzo and probably you win from the beginning. At the end, everything considered we felt for us Joan was a good project to go. The opportunity to get Mir also influenced our strategy. That was a great opportunity.”

Crash.net:
You said Joan deserves his ‘own project.’ For a rider that has only completed seven races in Moto2, and has less than two and a half years of grand prix experience, what have you seen that convinced you of this?

Davide Brivio:
“You can feel he has something special. I mean, talking to him you can see the way he answers, the way he talks, he has a very clear mind. He knows what he wants. He’s really motivated. He’s very committed. I know he’s working a lot. Also in his preparation and physical training. Looking at his very short career, he came in Moto3 in the first year with KTM. He won one race. Then he jumped on the Honda, won ten races and was Moto3 world champion – this is something quite special, to win ten races. He arrived in Moto2 and straight away he was competitive. The second [third] race in Austin he was pushed out, restarting 24th and finished fifth with the same pace as the winner.

“There are many things that indicate he has something special. He has the speed. He is a winning rider. And also he looks like he has a very clear mind of what he likes, what he wants. Again, we like him very much. Time will tell. Mir deserves this project, but it’s important to say we could for this project for Mir because we think that we have Alex Rins, who is growing and can be a top rider. At the beginning Alex will guide the team at the beginning. When Joan arrives up to speed, they can fight each other and have a competitive team.”

Crash.net:
What do you think Joan can achieve in his first year with Suzuki?

Davide Brivio:
“I don’t know. But Alex did the same. Despite missing half of the season – five races – by the end of the season, he finished fourth in Valencia. He finished top six in Motegi and top seven in Phillip Island. Maybe he can be fast after four races. Or he can be fast after ten. Or at Valencia. Or at the start of the next year [2020]. We don’t know. We have to give him the time to learn. We are confident that the time will arrive.”

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