Alberto Puig will be the new Team Manager of the factory Honda Repsol team in MotoGP. A post that became vacant when Livio Suppo decided to leave after the final Valencia race (to be precise, his role was in fact Team Principal).
HRC wanted another European to guide the team and Puig's name was immediately one of those shortlisted, also because the Spaniard has built a managerial career in recent years, as a HRC advisor, directing both the Asia Talent Cup and British Talent Cup, without forgetting the years he spent alongside Pedrosa.
Alberto will start work as of the upcoming Malaysia tests, set to take place from 28 to 30 January. Along with Technical Manager Takeo Yokoyama, he will be responsible for racing and will report directly to HRC Director Tetsuhiro Kuwata.
“I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me - comments Puig - I’ve been with Honda for the last 25 years of my professional career, first as a rider, then as a team manager in the smaller classes, and lately as a coach for many of the Asian riders Honda have around the world. To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them to achieve their goals. I’m sure our riders will be ready when the time comes, and we as a team will also be ready to once again fight for the title, with humility but also with great determination.”
Tetsuhiro Kuwata adds: “We are happy for Alberto to assume a new role as Team Manager for the Repsol Honda Team. Alberto has already been a part of the HRC family for many years, first as a rider and then as an Advisor, ultimately managing the Asia Talent Cup, where he helped promising young riders to develop into the sport. We believe his skills and great expertise at the highest levels of international motorcycle racing, together with his long and successful relationship with HRC, will give a precious contribution to the Company and the Team, which is aiming to once again fight at the top of the MotoGP Championship. We give Alberto a warm ‘welcome aboard’ and wish him good luck in his work!”