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Paddock People: Paul Denning, Suzuki Team Manager

Paddock People: Paul Denning, Suzuki Team Manager

Paddock People: Paul Denning, Suzuki Team Manager

Paul Denning took the reins of the Suzuki MotoGP team at the end of the 2004 season, taking over the position of Garry Taylor, the most experienced and longest serving team manager in the GP paddock when he stepped down after almost 30 years with the Suzuki factory GP team.

Denning moved onto the Grand Prix scene on the back of a successful stint in the British Superbike Championship with Suzuki. His ties with the Hamamatsu factory go back to 1984, when he joined the Crescent Suzuki Motorcycle Dealership at 18, working for the sales / development department.

In 1993, Denning began racing motorcycles and three years later, the Crescent Suzuki British Superbike team entered one of most competitive domestic series. The team secured three titles in the Supersport class from 1998 to 2001 and won the Superbike title last year.

Denning was eventually entrusted with Suzuki's MotoGP effort, in order to bring a fresh impetus to a factory which hasn't won a race since 2000.
On his role, Denning said "[it's] very easy in terms of fulfilling the basics – the team is highly skilled and well motivated. Enjoyable, stressful, busy!!"

"The transition [from BSB to MotoGP] wasn't too difficult – it's basically all the same but just on a bigger scale, especially the logistical side of things. Suzuki has been great and provided a lot of support and the team has been very easy to work with."

However, luck hasn't exactly been on his team's side since the beginning of the season. "It's very difficult in terms of finding the way forward to take Suzuki back to the podium," admitted the Briton. The 2005 package showed better potential than last year but failed to deliver consistent performances, but Denning remains hopeful and after the recent German GP, he said: "There is a lot to achieve during the summer break and the factory will be working hard to continue development in the same direction."

MotoGP, 2005

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