Suzuki has announced that Davide Brivio has departed as its MotoGP boss amid his expected switch to a role with the Alpine Formula 1 team.
Brivio has spent the last eight years as Suzuki’s Team Manager in MotoGP, culminating in the squad winning the 2020 Teams’ title, and Joan Mir claiming the Riders’ crown.
It is anticipated that Brivio is set to take on a senior position within the Alpine Formula 1 team for the 2021 season, with current Executive Director Marcin Budkowski also expected to take on greater responsibility following its transition from Renault.
“A new professional challenge and opportunity suddenly came to me and in the end I decided to take it,” said Brivio in a statement released by Suzuki.
“It has been a difficult decision. The hardest part will be to leave this fabulous group of people, whom I started this project with when Suzuki re-joined the championship.
“It’s hard to say goodbye also to all the people who have arrived over the years to create this great team.
“I feel sad from this point of view, but at the same time I feel a lot of motivation for this new challenge – which was the key when I had to decide between renewing my contract with Suzuki or starting a completely new experience.”
Suzuki struggled during the early stages of its MotoGP return but emerged as a regular front-runner prior to its title-winning 2020 season.
“Achieving a MotoGP title is something that will remain in the Suzuki history books and it will always have a special place in my life memories,” he said.
“I would like to deeply thank all the Suzuki management for their trust and confidence in me, which they had since the beginning.
“I would like to thank every single member of our MotoGP group in Japan and at the track, all the Suzuki network, and of course all the riders who rode for the team in this period, especially Joan and Alex [Rins] who did a great 2020 season.”