Suzuki “determined to not be defending champions” for 2021 MotoGP season - Motor Informed
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Suzuki “determined to not be defending champions” for 2021 MotoGP season

Joan Mir guided Suzuki to its first MotoGP title since 2000 final yr, with the Japanese marque additionally successful the groups’ championship.

However its title defence was tough, with Suzuki coming away from 2021 with out a win and Mir solely capable of rating six podiums throughout 18 races because of the GSX-RR’s lack of improvement in comparison with the 2020 bike.

Reflecting on Suzuki’s 2021 season, Sahara stated: “We achieved the riders’ title final yr and groups’ title additionally.

“In comparison with this, it has been very tough, a really robust season for us this yr.

“Earlier than beginning this season we determined to not be defending champions, we determined to be challengers once more to attain the highest place of every race.

“However in consequence, we had some tough moments in the course of the season and likewise the primary half of the season.

“So, thankfully we had two sturdy riders nonetheless. Joan could be very constant nonetheless and has velocity.

“We have to have one thing small to attain extra speeds and outcomes.

“As everybody is aware of, the Suzuki typically struggles for qualifying outcomes. It prices our race outcomes, so it’s very tough.”

Shinichi Sahara, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Shinichi Sahara, Staff Suzuki MotoGP

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Suzuki underwent a serious administration reshuffle forward of the 2021 season when talismanic workforce supervisor Davide Brivio give up to affix Alpine in Formulation 1.

Venture chief Sahara grew to become the de facto workforce supervisor, with Suzuki electing towards a direct alternative for Brivio and as a substitute using a seven-person administration committee.

Sahara admits his new function in 2021 was overwhelming for him and is within the strategy of discovering a alternative for Brivio – although final month dominated out the Italian making a return.

“My new function as a workforce supervisor, it was manner an excessive amount of for me,” Sahara stated.

“It’s overflowing. However the whole lot was executed appropriately with assist from workforce members.

“So, I’m very glad in that space. I’m making an attempt to make a brand new construction for subsequent yr, to ask a brand new workforce supervisor for subsequent yr. That is within the closing phases to repair.”

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