Davide Brivio, the former manager of Valentino Rossi, is to spearhead the welcome return to Grand Prix racing of Suzuki, according to gpone.com. The Hamamatsu-based giants are to return to the MotoGP fold in 2014 after their self-imposed hiatus from the sport at the end of 2011, and the former Yamaha man has been given the task of overseeing their return. The team will be based in Italy, close to the historic Monza circuit, and Brivio has already been given the blessing of the VR46 management company to take up the position.
|Davide Brivio is to oversee the Suzuki MotoGP return
A press conference and official presentation of the 2014 Suzuki MotoGP project is scheduled for Monday 17th June at the official IRTA Test Day, immediately after the Catalunya Grand Prix at Montmelo, Barcelona. The Suzuki team will remain in Barcelona for the Tuesday before moving to Aragon to test alongside the Factory Yamaha team at the central Spainish track, with another test planned post-Misano in September.
The official team riders are yet to be confirmed, but it is understood that test rider Nobuatsu Aoki and Suzuka 8-Hour man Takuya Tsuda will continue development work on the all-new Suzuki. Randy de Puniet is an official Suzuki test rider but it is as yet unclear whether the team will call on the Frenchman to assist the two Japanese riders, although an agreement is in place with de Puniets Aspar team should his services be required.
Initial reports from Dorna earlier in the year indicated that, should Suzuki return, they must take over an existing CRT but with the introduction of the customer Honda and Yamaha M1 engine, this now seems unlikely and will return in their own right, making it 14 prototype bikes on the grid for next year alongside new customer teams and the remaining CRTs.