“We want to begin a new era and fight for great goals”

DAVIDE BRIVIO'S BLOG - THE FUTURE OF TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR

blog davidebrivio

“We want to begin a new era and fight for great goals”

We are working behind the scenes alongside Dorna, IRTA, and MotoGP teams,  analysing what other sports are doing and also what’s going on in other countries. For instance, it seems that in Germany they will restart football next week, and some countries like Spain and Italy are thinking about how to proceed with their sporting competitions as well. This is important because it could show us the correct path to follow. But being able to start the MotoGP Championship will depend on decisions and rules made by the various different governments. 

I’m quite confident we can begin to improve the situation, and then solve it, in the coming weeks. We are all trying to figure out how we can get the most out of the tricky circumstances. The Championship could be limited to a few countries such as Spain, Italy or Austria. But at the end of the day the local authorities will still have to give us green light before we can confirm anything.

Along with the other factories we are having a few meetings, it has been very interesting and productive to work towards the future, and I can feel a lot of cooperation to find a solution for the good of the Championship - that’s something nice to experience.

We’ve agreed on some measures to keep the Championship ‘healthy’ and balanced, such as freezing the development of the engines, and I think this was the right decision because the situation was a bit unbalanced between the Japanese companies and the European companies. This would not have been fair so we all agreed to freeze development. It is also a good opportunity to save on costs because that is a problem for everyone. The budget will be less and less this season and next season, so in order to save on costs we went through some different proposals. We also need to keep a high standard of safety in the paddock: fewer people working at the circuits, less time away from home, keeping everything as healthy and safe as possible with more measures to protect the paddock. 

We need to keep a high standard of safety in the paddock: fewer people working at the circuits, less time away from home, keeping everything as healthy and safe as possible with more measures to protect the paddock. 

We know for every manufacturer these times are very complicated because it is almost impossible to sell products and saving costs is crucial. For this reason we at Suzuki are working really hard to go on in the same way, also with the riders. That is why it is great news that we have renewed both riders even during this delicate situation. Getting the approval from management to extend the contracts by two more years with our riders is something we took as a very good sign for the future, and it shows that the company is committed to keeping normal activity going - this gives us a lot of hope.

Dorna is also working on a medical protocol to be followed by all MotoGP workers. We will need to follow this protocol and adapt our jobs accordingly. For example, once the team arrives at the circuit they should behave like a family; all team members staying within the garage, in that area, like a family in lockdown. It is impossible to have zero risk of course, but the point with this protocol is to try and avoid extra risks and not to be in contact with other people in the paddock.

The strangest thing will be not seeing people at the circuits, no public in the grandstands, with a rare atmosphere, but that can’t be helped. We know and we accept this situation and right now the point is to restart and make the best of it.

Obviously, the Championship will be much shorter than usual due to these circumstances, but I don’t think a shorter or longer season will change the situation a lot. It would be a concentrated calendar where it will be crucial not to make many mistakes. But overall I think it would be quite similar to a full championship in terms of competitiveness, and I hope Suzuki could be a surprise for everyone. But again, let see the situation when we restart. We have to be concentrated, and in good shape to face a short championship. But at the end of the day I think there will be a top 5/6 riders fighting for the victory even though the calendar will be short.

Our target now is to have both our riders in the Top 5. Alex has said many times that he is keen to continue with Suzuki and have a long career with us, and Joan is very pleased to stay with Suzuki as well, so we are really happy to have these two great and talented riders pushing forward with our philosophy. We are eager to begin an era in which we can fight for important goals, knowing that we can be competitive. I don’t see why we can't do battle with the top few riders.

Joan and Alex can fight together on track and push each other, and I believe that the climate of healthy competition is crucial inside a team to excel both riders. I hope this will be the strongest Suzuki team in recent years, and I know both riders will work for it. Because in this team there wont be just one ‘number 1’ rider, but two.

I hope this will be the strongest Suzuki team in recent years, and I know both riders will work for it. Because in this team there won't be just one ‘number 1’ rider, but two.

Our target now is to have both our riders in the Top 5. Alex has said many times that he is keen to continue with Suzuki and have a long career with us, and Joan is very pleased to stay with Suzuki as well, so we are really happy to have these two great and talented riders pushing forward with our philosophy. We are eager to begin an era in which we can fight for important goals, knowing that we can be competitive. I don’t see why we can't do battle with the top few riders.

Joan and Alex can fight together on track and push each other, and I believe that the climate of healthy competition is crucial inside a team to excel both riders. I hope this will be the strongest Suzuki team in recent years, and I know both riders will work for it. Because in this team there won't be just one ‘number 1’ rider, but two.

“We want to begin a new era and fight for great goals”

Sponsors