Kevin Schwantz, former Suzuki rider and 1993 world champion with the same manufacturer, comments on Davide Brivio’s departure. The American considers the situation in which Suzuki now finds itself in the run-up to the 2021 championship, forced to find a replacement for the Italian manager who's been able to take the Japanese manufacturer all the way to the top.

An understandable decision

“I understand Davide’s decision, it’s a great opportunity”admits Schwantz. "He and his brother Roberto have done an excellent job, putting Suzuki to the front in MotoGP. It will be difficult to find a replacement as they’ve worked really, really well”. For now, the only two names that have been mentioned with any conviction are those of Livio Suppo, considering his significant experience with Ducati and Honda, and Pablo Nieto, who heads up the Sky Racing Team VR46. 

The position is highly sought after

A move to the championship winning team, with two talents like Joan Mir and Alex Rins, could be a very attractive proposal for many: It’s not an easy position to inherit. I’m sure there’s plenty of people who’d like that role this season. Suzuki, for its part, will have a lot of people who helped bring the team to its current level”. In addition, development hasn’t stopped over the winter; after all, the team that will set out to defend its title can’t exactly rest on its laurels: “They’ve prepared a lot of new things in order to improve further. I don’t know who will be selected to take Brivio’s place, but they’ll have their work cut out. I can only wish the new arrival good luck, and I hope Suzuki will soon reveal who’ll be heading up the team”.

Translated by Heather Watson

MotoGP, the future of Suzuki: Pablo Nieto a possible replacement for Brivio