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Taylor to step down from Suzuki

Taylor to step down from Suzuki

Taylor to step down from Suzuki

Garry Taylor is to step down as Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager at the end of the 2004 season after almost 30 years with the Japanese factory. Taylor made an official announcement on the eve of the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, citing health and family reasons for his decision.

Suzuki made a concurrent announcement stating that Paul Denning, owner of the UK-based Crescent Suzuki team that recently secured the British Superbike title, will take his place.

"Being team manager for Suzuki has been the greatest job in the world and I have enjoyed practically every day of it," commented Taylor, who is the longest serving team manager in the paddock and has won two world titles in his current role, with Kevin Schwantz in 1993 and Kenny Roberts in 2000.

"It's been a privilege to work with some of the world's greatest riders, not only the title winners, and I would like to thank Suzuki for such an enjoyable career with them. I had always planned to step down at the age of 55 and the factory was aware of that.

"I've decided to do so now and to take a less active role, for several reasons. Firstly, with the pressures of the job increasing year by year, along with the popularity of MotoGP, I find I am spending more and more time on the road… next year's schedule, including testing, would have meant more than 200 days away.

"I have an eight-year-old daughter, Phoebe, and I have already missed too many landmarks in her life. I have never been home for her birthday, for example, or indeed for any of my wife's birthdays.

"Secondly, my health has been deteriorating, and while there is nothing that cannot be fixed, I need to stand still long enough to be able to give the doctors the time they need.

"With the Suzuki GSV-R coming to the end of its current development stage, the factory and I decided that the end of this year would be the right time to step down. I believe I will be able to hand on to my successor a well-established and highly motivated team, as can be seen from our improving results during this season."

Suzuki racing manager Masahito Imada said: "Suzuki would like to thank Garry for his long and dedicated service to our racing efforts. Together we have achieved some great things. Now we start a new era determined to continue the improvement in our results."

Paul Denning also paid tribute to Taylor and outlined his plans to build on the current progress. "Garry has done a fantastic job for Suzuki," he said. "We aim to carry on building on the continuing improvements and success of the team and the GSV-R.

"Suzuki has a high quality, consistent team in place and it is thanks to Garry's efforts that we are inheriting a team with such high potential. It's a great opportunity and an honour for us to be entrusted with the next stage in the GSV-R development programme and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead."


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