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MotoGP, Suppo: "We’ve got bikes and riders, we have to find motivation"

"Suzuki can conclude this last season in the best way possible. I don't know how much this affected Mir and Rins, but the team reacted in an extraordinary way."

MotoGP: Suppo: "We’ve got bikes and riders, we have to find motivation"

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Suzuki's season was marked by the decision to retire from the MotoGP at the end of the year. This strongly influenced both the team and riders, who ended up without a team from one day to the next. So, after a good start to the championship (especially with Rins), the results have gotten worse.

Team Manager Livio Suppo took stock of the situation during an interview with motogp.com.

"Until Portimao, we were at the top of the championship. Rins had the same points as Quartararo," he recalled. "Joan had some problems, but he was improving. Then what happened, happened, and things changed. But, besides Suzuki's decision to leave the MotoGP, we were also unlucky. Alex has always been fast, but he was involved in the fall in Barcelona and got injured. Joan, who’s usually very consistent, has made a few too many mistakes."

For Suppo, there’s still time and the possibility to change course.

"I can't wait for the next part of the season. The bike was competitive at the beginning of the year and still is. The riders are fast. We have to find the motivation to finish Suzuki’s last season in the best way possible," he said.

But knowing that the project will end sooner than expected was a huge psychological blow.

"It was definitely really shocking for everyone, but it’s difficult to say if it had an influence on the performance of the riders," Livio said. "However, soon both will know where they’ll be racing next year, and they’ll be more relaxed. The team had an extraordinary reaction, everyone continued to work as if nothing had happened, and the atmosphere was good. I couldn’t believe I saw them smiling so much. I've only been here a short time, but I couldn't ask for a better team."

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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