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Suzuki rejected “defending champions” mentality in 2021

Joan Mir guided Suzuki to its first MotoGP title since 2000 final 12 months, with the Japanese marque additionally profitable the groups’ championship.

However its title defence was troublesome, with Suzuki coming away from 2021 and not using a win and Mir solely in a position to 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 12 months and groups’ title additionally.

“In comparison with this, it has been very troublesome, a really powerful season for us this 12 months.

“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 because of this, we had some troublesome moments in the midst of the season and likewise the primary half of the season.

“Luckily we had two robust riders nonetheless. Joan may be very constant nonetheless and has pace.

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

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

Shinichi Sahara, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Shinichi Sahara, Staff Suzuki MotoGP

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Suzuki underwent a significant administration reshuffle forward of the 2021 season when talismanic staff supervisor Davide Brivio stop to affix Alpine in Formulation 1.

Mission chief Sahara turned the de facto staff supervisor, with Suzuki electing towards a direct substitute for Brivio and as an alternative 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 substitute for Brivio – although final month dominated out the Italian making a return.

“My new function as a staff supervisor, it was method an excessive amount of for me,” Sahara stated. “It’s overflowing. However all the things was carried out appropriately with assist from staff members.

“So, I’m very happy in that space. I’m making an attempt to make a brand new construction for subsequent 12 months, to ask a brand new staff supervisor for subsequent 12 months. That is within the ultimate phases to repair.”

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