Davide Brivio Linked To Suzuki MotoGP Deal

That Suzuki is considering a return to MotoGP in 2014 is well-documented, with talks still ongoing about the terms on which the Japanese factory will make a return. More surprising is the news from Italy, reported on GPOne.com, that Davide Brivio, former team manager of Valentino Rossi, is in line to manage the team running Suzuki's return.

According to reports both on GPOne.com and Moto.it, in a story by Giovanni Zamagni, the news was broken in the Italian TV show Griglia di Partenza (Starting Grid), by Max Temporali. Suzuki, it is reported, will make a return to MotoGP in 2014, with a team to be based in Italy and run by Brivio.

The news is unexpected. At Ducati's launch at Wrooom in January, Carmelo Ezpeleta had already explained that factories wishing to enter MotoGP would not be allowed to run their own teams, but would have to link up with existing teams in the paddock. That decision, made to ensure factories commit to MotoGP for the long term, and not just for a single year, was widely interpreted to mean that Suzuki would make their return to MotoGP with the Aspar squad, who will be competing in 2013 as a CRT team with Aprilia once again. Aspar has a some history with Suzuki: when Juan 'Aspar' Martinez was considering entering MotoGP, alongside his already highly successful 250cc and 125cc teams, the Spaniard was in intensive negotiations with Suzuki to run at least one satellite bike in the Aspar team. Furthermore, Aspar rider Randy De Puniet has been secured as a test rider for Suzuki (sources in France suggest that De Puniet has multiple tests with Suzuki lined up this year), making Aspar taking on the Suzuki team a logical next step.

But Italian media believes otherwise. They have Brivio running the Suzuki operation from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, which is also home to Yamaha's MotoGP team just outside Monza. According to GPOne.com, multiple sources inside the paddock have confirmed that Brivio has been approached for the job.

Brivio is an experienced team manager. Brivio was instrumental in bringing Valentino Rossi to Yamaha, and acted as the Italian's team manager throughout his period at the Japanese factory. Brivio left Yamaha along with Rossi, turning instead to working with Rossi's VR46 merchandise and clothing operation. Despite Brivio's close relationship with Rossi - he was present at every race during Rossi's period with Ducati, despite not having an official function inside Ducati Corse - Rossi is not thought to have any involvement with Brivio's decision to run the Suzuki team. 

An announcement is not believed to be imminent, as testing is still well underway - Nobuatsu Aoki is testing Suzuki's new inline four cylinder machine, first spied in May last year - and Suzuki needs approval for their entry. Suzuki had been waiting for a stable set of rules to be announced for MotoGP, and with Dorna announcing that the rules already agreed for 2014 will remain unchanged for three years, 2014 is the first opportunity for them to make a return. Suzuki representatives had met with Dorna at the Brno round of MotoGP last year, where they had asked to be allowed to enter for just a single season. That request was denied, Suzuki being told that they had to sign a contract for three years if they wanted to make a comeback to the paddock. It now appears that Suzuki is ready to make that commitment.

If Suzuki do make a return to MotoGP, the seats will be much in demand among the riders. Ben Spies had already been linked with Suzuki, having raced for the manufacturer in the US for several years before heading to World Superbikes and then MotoGP. And Cal Crutchlow has also made no secret of his desire for a factory ride. That rules out both Honda and Yamaha, where the factory riders are locked in for at least two seasons, leaving Ducati and Suzuki as potential options for 2014. And with Randy De Puniet testing the new Suzuki, the Frenchman will have some claim to continue to develop and race the bike when it enters the series.

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The more little details that come forth, the more hopeful I am that Suzuki is actually returning. I'm aware of the bad blood they instilled when they broke a lot of their promises and then left the series, but this two horse race that is MotoGP needs to stop. Here's hoping they can at least take the fight to Ducati when (not if!) they return.

What is so compelling about Suzuki being forced to re-enter via an established team? i ask because if they were to break another contract, what difference does it make with whom the broken contract was made? Does Dorna feel as though a private team has more recourse than they do?
I must be missing something. Someone help me out?

I think continuity is the aim. If Suzuki come back under the Aspar banner and then jump ship again, no problem. Aspar is still there. Only thing that changes is the motor. If Suzuki were to come back again on their own only to leave after one year, it makes MotoGP look rather silly with teams coming and going for maybe no other purpose than glorified testing with no major commitment to the series. So hopefully they do the 3 year deal. Only one Suzuki seat availabe? Two would be nice.

+1. I am confused as well. The only reason this would make sense is if Suzuki were to bump someone else off the grid. I'm not sure if we're at a full grid yet, but would it really be a tragedy if Suzuki came back for a year and bumped the Suter/BMW team, even if Suzuki left at the end of the year and we'd lost the Suter/BMW?

With due respect, I think they have room on the grid. If not, surely they would move a CRT off for a legit factory backed effort, which ever team it was under.

It would be a sensational move. In any case I do hope Suzuki will stay in the series and be competitive, they should benefit from Brivio's experience.

Anything that can break the Honda-Yamaha duopoly is welcome. Better a new factory team and possibly dropping the spec tyre. If Suzuki and Ducati are going to be able to bring competitive bikes that will be great for MotoGP overall

I'm confused. Suzuki come back under existing team? If they come back under Aspar then Aspar would run it, not Brivio right?
Which existing team would Brivio manage for Suzuki? I'm lost...

re: "I'm confused. Suzuki come back under existing team?"

even MORE confusing, since when does a ne-er-do-well company enter the high cost world of MotoGP when a major division (USA) is in bankruptcy with liabilities approaching $1/2 billion (with a B) and over 1,000 + creditors...?

yeah, i'm sure all those creditors will sit back and be silent as Japan spends frivolously and none of them have filed claims with the court. sheesh, Brea owes Japan $152 mill in and of itself. i say look to the NY times, Bloomberg, and NBC. these guys would prolly know about these things...




If you build it, they will stay. I think that's how the old saying, goes. Just to make it clear, I don't hate Dorna. But, I do believe their business plans are lacking. If the series is strong and Suzuki or anyone see's the value in that, they will stay. The example of, well if Suzuki leaves but, he he, the team will still be there in name only...comes off as pretty weak in my eyes.

I have been a big fan of the sport since the early 80's. I do support the idea of factories selling bikes like the RCV, instead of leasing at an insane price, and I have been saying that for years.

re: "I have been a big fan of the sport since the early 80's. I do support the idea of factories selling bikes like the RCV, instead of leasing at an insane price."

fancied F1 at all since the 80's...? insane is a relative term. riddle me this, how is a paltry $3 mill insane and the $200+ mill budgets for just ENGINES of teams like ferrari, renault, mercedes, etc not insane...?

hell, the smallest, underfunded teams in F1 like HRT, cateram, force india, minardi, etc blow thru $3 mill just on wind tunnel time...!!!

abeit on 2 wheels, this is still grandprix racing... i contend if someone spends $3 mill on kit, it's because IT ACTUALLY COSTS $3 MILLION...!!! (i know crazy right?) in fact, i bet the true value of the product, engineering, and boffin expertise is more like $5 mill and the manufacturers have been engaging in the "D" word (discounting) and giving away the store.

PS: just so we're clear, there's no more future in "store giveaways" than there is in anything else. at some point, your business (regardless of type) is either POSITIVELY funded...? or you're playing a game of "robbing peter". there is no 3rd option. suzuki car side knows what i'm talkin' about.

re: "If you build it, they will stay. I think that's how the old saying, goes."

hey, you're talkin' about FIELD OF DREAMS... how ironic...? :)