MotoGP race winner Alex Rins admits he initially thought crew boss Davide Brivio’s exit from Suzuki “was a joke” when the Italian informed him of his resolution.
Suzuki confirmed final week long-time team manager Brivio would be leaving the Japanese producer having helmed the squad for the previous eight years.
This got here days after Autosport revealed Brivio can be quitting Suzuki to take on the role of CEO of the rebranded Alpine Formula 1 team in 2021 – although that is but to be made official by the French producer.
Brivio introduced Rins to Suzuki in 2017, with the Spaniard successful three races since becoming a member of and aiding the marque to the groups’ title final season, as team-mate Joan Mir claimed the riders’ crown.
Talking in an unique interview on Motorsport.com’s Spanish language MotoGP podcast, Rins revealed he came upon about Brivio’s departure a day earlier than the announcement and admits it took him without warning.
“If I am sincere, I skilled the information suddenly with out barely realizing it,” Rins stated of Brivio’s exit.
“He known as me the day earlier than it was introduced. He informed me he was leaving the crew.
“At first I believed it was a joke, nevertheless it’s true and I used to be very shocked.
“He has executed an unbelievable job for Suzuki and now a brand new journey begins for him.”
Rins added: “We had and have an excellent relationship. The reality is that I’m super-grateful for every thing he has executed through the years and for giving me the chance in 2017 after a tough yr [in Moto2] with many accidents, and that he continues to belief me.”
Autosport reported on Tuesday Suzuki will not seek out a replacement for Brivio in 2021, as an alternative choosing an inner restructure to share round Brivio’s former duties.
Brivio’s influence on Suzuki has been immense, however Rins would not foresee his exit having a dramatic influence on the “concord” of the crew.
“What it could have an effect on or not, I do not know,” he stated.
“However after all there will likely be a void, the one which Davide occupied. It would certainly [have an] impact, however I feel not negatively.
“The concord with the crew is unbelievable and that, partially, he has additionally achieved. It would change as a result of that determine of Davide won’t be there, however not a lot.”
On Tuesday MotoGP introduced its Sepang pre-season take a look at had been cancelled due to COVID-19, although the three-day Qatar take a look at in March remains to be on at current.
Rins admits the information got here as a shock, however would not consider solely having the Qatar take a look at will drawback him that a lot given the 2020 GSX-RR will carry over to this season as a part of COVID-19 cost-saving measures launched final yr.
“If you happen to inform me that we have now to begin the yr with a brand new engine, a brand new chassis, it will be extra sophisticated,” stated Rins.
“However beginning the season with final yr’s bike, I feel three days of testing in Qatar is sufficient.
“At the least for me; I do not know if will probably be as perfect for riders like Pol [Espargaro] or [Danilo] Petrucci, who need to get on a brand new bike.
“However in my case I feel we have now sufficient.”
Rins also revealed he did not undergo surgery in the off-season on the shoulder he injured on the Spanish Grand Prix in July, having floated the thought on the finish of final season.