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MotoGP: Team Suzuki’s Davide Brivio On the GSX-RR Wild Card Entry For Valencia
Team Suzuki Racing has been testing the GSX-RR comprehensively in 2014 with sessions at Grand Prix venues such as Sepang, Termas de Rio Hondo, Circuit of the Americas, Phillip Island and Catalunya and have now chosen to rejoin the competitive action.
Randy de Puniet’s presence as a wild card, overseen by the experience and expertise of Suzuki Test Team Manager Davide Brivio (left), will mark the first time the factory is back on the grid since the 2011 Valencia Grand Prix.
“This is a big moment for us because we have been testing for so long,” said Suzuki Test Team Manager Davide Brivio . “We have been waiting for this. It is only a wild card appearance and it is the last race of the year but I’m happy to be going to Valencia and I think it is a reward for Randy for the big job he has done on this project.”
Alvaro Bautista ended 2011 with a DNF at Valencia after an early crash that also took out Valentino Rossi.
“It is the end of our preparation and I’m excited,” continued the Italian, who has directed Suzuki’s MotoGP regeneration for over a year. “This is where the new adventure really starts. I’m aware we have a big job to do, and during the weekend we will take a lot of notes for the work we need to do through the winter. This is our first comparison with our competitors and you can only ever really see where you are through a race situation so it’s an important meeting.”
Bautista qualified the Rizla Suzuki on the second row of the 2011 Valencia grid.
“The GSX-RR will be the same for the test as used in the race,” says Brivio. “Randy will hand over the bike and it will be the same spec for Maverick and Aleix. We will then start our winter work and our job for 2015 based on the comments and the feedback from those first laps with those riders.”