MotoGP 2020 arrives at the San Marino Series, Sunday (13/9/2020).
The 2020 San Marino MotoGP will be held at the Misano Circuit. Meanwhile, the Suzuki Ecstar Team Manager, Davide Brivio, spoke about the idea of working with Valentino Rossi to establish a satellite team in MotoGP.
Suzuki’s plan to partner with a satellite team in MotoGP has been rolling since several seasons ago but has not materialized until now.
Suzuki is currently 1 of 2 manufacturers in MotoGP that manage only one racing team. Suzuki had reportedly hired Marc VDS from Honda, but then the Belgian racing team withdrew its participation from MotoGP at the end of the 2018 season. Dorna Sports, the organizer of MotoGP, hopes each manufacturer can own 1 factory team and 1 satellite team.
There are currently five independent teams in MotoGP with satellite team status for their respective manufacturers. LCR is Honda’s satellite team, SRT joins Yamaha, Tech3 is part of KTM, while Pramac and Avintia work with Ducati.
However, there is another independent team, Gresini. The Italian racing team works collectively with Aprilia in a team. Suzuki plans to expand in MotoGP in 2022. They have started exploration process at this time. In an interview, as quoted by BolaSport.com from GPOne, Davide Brivio explained that several teams are interested to work with Suzuki. “We have discussed it with Dorna and the ideal time is 2022, when the new contract with the team starts,” said Brivio.
“We wanted to give it a try and we’re talking to people in the “paddock”, someone has asked us for information.” “There are certain interests. However, there will be no obligation to have a satellite team,” added Brivio.
Speaking of independent teams, Valentino Rossi is predicted to bring the VR46 racing team’s legacy to MotoGP in the future. Rossi is quite experienced with managing his racing team in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. In addition, there are still two empty slots previously occupied by Marc VDS. Brivio himself has a close relationship with Rossi as he played a major role in bringing Valentino Rossi to Yamaha in 2004.
He became manager of the factory team until Rossi left for Ducati in 2011. However, Brivio is reluctant to talk more about the possibility of Suzuki working with Rossi’s racing team. “We really want a satellite team. We just need to find someone who is committed to work with us,” Brivio replied with a laugh. “For now we are still discussing it with the people in the paddock,” he said.
Here is the Official MotoGP 2020 Schedule :
Spanish GP, Jerez Circuit: 19 July
Andalusian GP, Jerez Circuit: July 26
Czech Republic GP, Brno Circuit: August 9
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring: 16 August
GP Styria, Red Bull Ring: 23 August
GP San Marino, Misano Circuit: September 13
GP Emilia Romagna, Misano Circuit: September 20
GP of Catalunya, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: 27 September
French GP, Le Mans Circuit: 11 October
Aragon GP, Aragon Circuit: October 18th
GP Teruel, Circuit Aragon: 25 October
European GP, Ricardo Tormo Circuit: November 8
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo Circuit: 15 November
Portuguese GP, Portimao Circuit: 22 November