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Brivio eager for green light from Suzuki

Brivio eager for green light from Suzuki

Davide Brivio is highly keen to see Suzuki confirm a MotoGP™ return for the 2014 season, in order to start making team line-up preparations. The former factory Yamaha Team Manager attended Suzuki’s two-day test session at Motegi Twin Ring last week, with Randy de Puniet having ridden the prototype bike.

Suzuki withdrew from MotoGP at the end of 2011, but even at that time pinpointed 2014 as a strong possibility as a comeback year.

"It was good," Brivio tells of the test, having been present as an advisor. "It was a very good experience and we were very excited. We went to Motegi for a couple of days and had no problems with the bike. Of course, the first test was to try and understand the potential of the bike, as a first shakedown. It was positive…to be honest, it was better than I expected.

"We will test in Barcelona on the Monday after the Grand Prix (17th June) and then some other testing sessions in Europe. The final schedule is yet to be defined, but we will see during the summer. That Monday will be interesting; the main job now is to understand the level of the bike, in case Suzuki decides to enter in 2014 – because that is not decided yet. But it would give us a few more month of development."

When asked to isolate when a Suzuki comeback may be announced, Brivio was unable to give a concrete response:

"There is no precise date. It will be as soon as possible. There are some internal discussions and evaluations and let’s hope that, as soon as possible, the management will come to a decision. At the moment there are of course different elements to be considered, but I hope they will (return)!"

The full interview with Davide Brivio, in which he is also asked about possible rider candidates for 2014, can be viewed on


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