Suzuki MotoGP challenge chief Shinichi Sahara says the marque can be “extra united than ever” within the wake of workforce supervisor Davide Brivio’s shock exit.
The Japanese producer introduced final week Brivio can be stepping down from his position as workforce supervisor after eight years, with Autosport revealing he is set to become CEO of the Alpine Formula 1 team.
Suzuki will not replace Brivio in 2021, with Sahara as an alternative taking over a few of his obligations as a part of an inner restructuring.
In an interview launched by Suzuki, Sahara says the “love” for the model will proceed to drive the MotoGP workforce onwards in 2021 regardless of Brivio’s exit and doesn’t consider it can have an effect on preparations for the approaching season.
“When Davide instructed all of the workforce employees, all people was shocked, after all,” Sahara mentioned.
“However earlier than lengthy we turned our minds in direction of the subsequent steps to beat this example collectively.
“We can be extra united than ever as a result of all of us love this model, this workforce, and we are going to give 150% to hold on with the brand new challenges in the easiest way.
“In my view it shouldn’t have an effect on something any further.
“We can be working as we all know how, and much more than prior to now that we have received the championship.
“Our angle has by no means modified: we are going to goal to combat for the title once more with our two robust riders [Joan] Mir and [Alex] Rins.”
Brivio helmed Suzuki from 2013 forward of its MotoGP return in 2015, and helped information it to its first world title in 20 years courtesy of Mir final season.
Each Mir and Rins thanked Brivio on social media final week for giving them the chance to hitch Suzuki, with Brivio a religious believer in selling and nurturing younger expertise.
Regardless of Brivio being an instrumental determine of their careers at Suzuki, Sahara doesn’t consider the Italian’s departure can have a lot impact on both Mir or Rins throughout the 2021 season.
“It is not going to have an effect on our riders’ potential to combat for the championship,” Sahara added.
“We’re already champions and now we have two younger, gifted and nice riders.
“They know find out how to cope with troubles or troublesome conditions and handle the strain on a regular basis.
“I am not frightened in any respect from this standpoint. They’re each tremendous skilled and prepared for the 2021 championship.”