Mir: Lack of Suzuki MotoGP progress unrelated to Brivio exit

MotoGP world champion Joan Mir says the lack of progress Suzuki has made with its 2021 bike is not down to team boss Davide Brivio’s exit ahead of the season.

Suzuki is yet to win a grand prix in its title defence season, with Mir currently 55 points adrift of championship leader Fabio Quartararo in fourth in the standings having amassed just three podiums from the first nine races.

Mir has been critical this season of the lack of progress made by Suzuki with its GSX-RR, admitting ahead of the summer break that the current package was "not enough" to challenge for the title with.

In the off-season long-time team principal Brivio departed for a shock switch to Alpine in Formula 1 as its racing director.

Brivio was a talismanic leader for Suzuki since its comeback to MotoGP in 2015, but Mir doesn't believe his departure is the reason why Suzuki has slid behind its rivals in 2021.

Third place Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Third place Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP

Photo by: Dorna

"I don't think so," he said in an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com when asked if Brivio's departure has hurt the team more than it thought this season.

"I think that for sure Davide was doing a super job here in Suzuki. But I think it's more what I said: they couldn't find an improvement, a technical improvement, a big a step as the others.

"That doesn't mean Suzuki isn't working – they are working. And Davide was not the one who was making the specs.

"So, in this case I think it's more that they have to continue to improve and everything because we've seen that the others did it in a better way."

Read Also:

Suzuki elected against replacing Brivio, with the team operating under a management committee instead headed by project leader Shinichi Sahara.

Sahara-san told Motorsport.com that there were no plans to find a new team principal this year, with Mir saying he trusts in that judgement.

"Well, I trust a lot on Sahara and honestly if he thinks this it's because it's right," he added.

"He's the one who's now leading everything and is inside the project and can see all the problems.

"And for sure, if he says this it's for a reason."

shares
comments
Why Mir's MotoGP title defence can't be written off yet
Previous article

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

Next article

Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit

Vinales’ MotoGP future “at a standstill” following Yamaha exit
Load comments
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Prime

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Prime

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Prime

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Prime

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo Prime

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Prime

What's really fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano Prime

The three factors that crowned MotoGP's newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Prime

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Motorsport.com pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on.

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021