Suzuki: Rivals calling 2020 MotoGP bike “perfect” didn’t add pressure

Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio says the marque felt no added pressure in its 2020 title-winning season when its rivals repeatedly branded its MotoGP bike "perfect"

Suzuki: Rivals calling 2020 MotoGP bike “perfect” didn’t add pressure

Joan Mir won the premier class title for Suzuki for the first time since 2000 when he wrapped up the championship with a round to spare last month in Valencia.

Mir proved to be the most consistent force this season, scoring seven podiums from 14 races, with team-mate Alex Rins bringing Suzuki's haul up to 11 - both riders scoring one victory each.

PLUS: How Mir became Suzuki's humble MotoGP hero

Although Suzuki ended up third in the constructors' table behind winners Ducati and Yamaha, across the season team bosses and riders alike repeatedly called the GSX-RR the "perfect" bike.

When asked if these comments provided added pressure for Suzuki, Brivio said: "I don't know if it's a perfect bike.

"I think it has a very good balance in all the areas. Good engine, good chassis, good on the tyres... and it's a combination between the bikes and the riders, because also the riders learn.

"Alex was good already and Joan has learned how to manage the tyres, how to ride the bike in the best way.

"Whether it's the perfect bike or not, I don't know. It's never perfect.

"For sure, it's a well-balanced package. No, it was not [added] pressure if the other teams say that."

Suzuki is one of the smallest manufacturers on the grid and is the only marque along with Aprilia fielding just two machines currently, with Yamaha and Honda running four, and Ducati represented by six riders.

The brand followed in fellow Japanese rival Honda's footsteps in setting up its own racing division - the Suzuki Racing Company - in 2019 with its own budget.

But Brivio concedes Suzuki's relative size to its rivals has forced it to be more "creative" with its MotoGP project over the years.

"Suzuki is a big company, I think it's in good health," he added.

"But the budget that we reserve to the racing is not as big as the other manufacturers probably.

"That's true, to not have unlimited resources or huge resources force you to be more creative, to try to think more.

"And for instance, in terms of staff we probably have less staff than others. Of course, sometimes we desire to increase the number of people.

"But on the other side maybe it makes less confusion. So, you have to find the right balance between having enough people and not too many.

"Let's say we are good. We have everything we need, and then there are some areas in the organisation we can probably improve.

"But in this moment with the COVID and everything we have to keep going, being steady and stable as much as possible."

shares
comments
Rossi "didn't expect" COVID-19 to affect MotoGP so much

Previous article

Rossi "didn't expect" COVID-19 to affect MotoGP so much

Next article

Rossi would have stopped racing without Yamaha MotoGP return

Rossi would have stopped racing without Yamaha MotoGP return
Load comments
Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant Plus

Why MotoGP will miss its gentle giant

Danilo Petrucci’s days in MotoGP appear numbered, as KTM looks to completely reshuffle the Tech3 team for 2022. Though the Italian's 2021 season so far hasn’t been standout, the giant Italian covertly became a top runner in MotoGP across the last decade and brought with him a personality that world sport sorely needs more of

MotoGP
Jul 22, 2021
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet Plus

Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can’t be written off yet

Joan Mir’s defence of his MotoGP title has had an underwhelming start as Suzuki didn’t progress its championship-winning GSX-RR as much as its rivals did with their bikes over the winter. Speaking to Autosport, Mir lays out why his title defence has been stalled so far and why he’s confident title number two is still within reach

MotoGP
Jul 12, 2021
The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed Plus

The Rossi replacement who’s become the MotoGP leader Yamaha needed

It's been six years since Jorge Lorenzo gave Yamaha its last MotoGP title in 2015. Since his departure at the end of 2016, Yamaha's form has been inconsistent but it has at last found a new talisman to return it to the top spot in the form of a precociously talented Frenchman who currently leads the standings

MotoGP
Jul 6, 2021
Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties Plus

Why the Vinales/Yamaha MotoGP divorce satisfies both parties

On Monday Yamaha announced it will part ways with Maverick Vinales at the end of the 2021 season - a move requested by the rider. As the already strained relationship between both parties in MotoGP hit rock bottom in recent weeks, this divorce - as ORIOL PUIGDEMONT writes - is good for both Yamaha and Vinales for a number of reasons

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2021
The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption Plus

The unexpected Rossi/Ducati MotoGP sequel offering redemption

A decade after first linking up with Ducati in what turned out to be an ill-fated period in his MotoGP career, Valentino Rossi has joined forces with the Italian marque once more - this time as a team owner. And the VR46/Ducati tie-up beginning in 2022 has the potential to right the wrongs of Rossi and Ducati's nadir of 2011/2012

MotoGP
Jun 24, 2021
Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi Plus

Why Yamaha is about to risk losing Valentino Rossi

With Valentino Rossi’s next career move imminent in MotoGP, it is set to have wide-reaching influences on a number of riders and teams on the grid. But one of the biggest impacts will be felt at Yamaha, with its pivotal role in the saga set to see it lose its appointment with ‘The Doctor’

MotoGP
Jun 22, 2021
How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win Plus

How Marquez beat his Honda in his heroic MotoGP comeback win

Marc Marquez has been through hell and back in the 581 days between his win in the 2019 Valencia season finale and his heroic MotoGP comeback victory in Germany last Sunday. Despite battling physical limitations and a difficult 2021-spec Honda, the Sachsenring provided the perfect storm for the Spaniard to return to the top step

MotoGP
Jun 21, 2021
Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Plus

Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021