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Working in MotoGP: Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo

Working in MotoGP: Ducati MotoGP Project Manager Livio Suppo

Todays Working in MotoGP interview sees motogp.com getting up close and personal with Livio Suppo who works closely with Australian hotshot Casey Stoner and his fellow Italian Loris Capirossi, in his role as Ducatis MotoGP Project Manager.

Todays Working in MotoGP interview sees motogp.com getting up close and personal with Livio Suppo who works closely with Australian hotshot Casey Stoner and his fellow Italian Loris Capirossi, in his role as Ducatis MotoGP Project Manager.

Throughout the 2007 summer break Working in MotoGP is taking you behind the scenes in the MotoGP paddock, as we meet a wide selection of people who play significant roles off the track in the World Championship and they reveal the specifics of their involvement in Grand Prix racing.

Occupying such a senior position as Suppo requires a wealth of abilities and experience as he runs the entire Ducati MotoGP project and his role therefore includes such varied tasks as recruiting and managing riders, dealing with media attention on a daily basis, securing sponsorship deals and keeping an overall eye on the team

What are your main responsibilities?
Being Ducati Corse MotoGP Project Manager, I have ultimate responsibility for everything that we do which relates to MotoGP at Ducati apart from the technical side of things. That means I manage everything in terms of the riders, sponsorship, team administration, our relationship with Dorna and the media and so on.

What are the hardest aspects of your job?
The most difficult thing really is that we travel so much! At the beginning it was good, but after several years it becomes quite difficult.

What are the most exciting and rewarding moments in your job?
Well of course we work to prepare for the races and that hopefully ultimately means for victories!

How does your typical routine for each day of a Grand Prix weekend differ?
Id say that apart from the race day, the other days are pretty similar to each other and are regulated by the practice schedules mainly.

How has your job changed in the time you have been involved in MotoGP?
Not that much if I think back to 2003, when Ducati joined MotoGP. But a lot more if I think about the first time I started working in the World Championship back in the mid-1990s!

How did you first arrive in the MotoGP paddock?
The very first time was Jerez in 1995. I was working with Benetton Sportsystem and we were sponsoring the HRC Team with their team clothing.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007

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