Rumors have been circulating for weeks, but now the news is official: Suzuki has signed 20-year-old Joan Mir to race in the MotoGP world championship for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The 2017 Moto3 world champion will join 22-year-old Álex Rins on the factory team, making it the youngest squad in the premier class. It’s an interesting decision, and one not without risk. To learn more about Suzuki’s unique approach and future plans, I sat down with team manager Davide Brivio for a chat. As you will see, he clearly explains the strategy behind passing on the possibility of signing seasoned riders in favor of what he called “young kids.” Only time will tell if that was a mistake, but Brivio’s decision supports Suzuki’s philosophy of wanting to do things its own way.
It’s finally official: Joan Mir will join your team next season. Was this a long negotiation?
No, the negotiation itself was not so long. In reality, Joan was very quick with it. What took long was talking with the different managers who came to ask about our team situation and if we were interested in one of their riders. With Joan, we started talking following the winter tests and we narrowed our target after the first three races. In this sense, yes, it has been quite a long time but it was more talking than negotiating.
Álex Rins was your clear choice from the beginning, correct?
With Álex, we had an option to renew for 2019 and 2020. Based on this option, we could have waited and enforced it, but what we did was talk to each other. Reaching an agreement with Álex was very simple. He was happy to continue with us, and we were happy to continue with him. In the end, he has been and is an investment for us. We think Álex is a really great talent; I believe he can become one of the top riders in the future. So we were very happy to continue our cooperation with him.
Source : https://www.cycleworld.com/suzuki-motogp-team-manager-davide-brivio-interview