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The 2020 title-winning outfit has been on the hunt for a group supervisor since Davide Brivio – who helmed the Japanese marque from 2013 – departed to hitch Alpine as its racing director in System 1.
With Brivio’s exit approaching the eve of the 2021 season, Suzuki elected to type a administration committee of seven high-profile members of the group helmed by mission chief Shinichi Sahara.
However discontent grew inside Suzuki with out anybody filling the void left by Brivio, with Sahara admitting on the finish of final 12 months that his new function proved an excessive amount of for him.
Suzuki was dealt a blow final week when Alpine introduced a brand new function for Brivio, ending hopes of a return to Suzuki for the Italian – with the marque admitting earlier this month that trying to find a brand new group supervisor was taking longer than anticipated.
Suppo was group boss at Ducati when Casey Stoner received the title in 2007, earlier than transferring to Honda in 2010 – first as advertising and marketing and communications director – the place he turned group principal in 2013.
He left that function on the finish of 2017, with Alberto Puig taking on on the helm of Honda.
Suppo’s title has been linked to the vacant group boss function at Suzuki for a while, with the marque confirming his appointment on Wednesday.
Motorsport.com understands Suzuki’s most important goal to tackle the group supervisor function earlier than Suppo was ex-rider and present RNF Racing Yamaha chief Wilco Zeelenberg. Nevertheless, Zeelenberg will stay with RNF in 2022.
Suzuki endured a tough 2021 season, with 2020 world champion Joan Mir solely capable of rating six podiums and end third within the standings attributable to an absence of improvement with the GSX-RR.
However the Japanese marque seems to have taken a step ahead with its bike in 2022 after a powerful pre-season testing section in Malaysia and Indonesia in February, regardless of Mir lacking the ultimate day of testing in Indonesia attributable to sickness.