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Suzuki says 2017 shows it “missed” having satellite team

Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio says his team’s poor results this year have showed that it “missed” having a satellite team to speed up development.

Since its MotoGP return in 2015, Suzuki has only had its two factory bikes on the grid, in contrast to rival marques Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.

The Hamamatsu manufacturer endured a torrid season this year, regaining the technical concessions it previously lost after failing to score a podium finish with new signings Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins.

Brivio said earlier in the year that a satellite operation was not on the horizon as it would deprive the works squad of resources – but has now admitted its poor 2017 campaign may change the situation.

“This year showed we were missing a satellite team,” admitted Brivio.

“If we had two more riders on track we could get much more information and probably also would have been useful for development.

“We would like to have another team helping us, supporting us, and this is a discussion going on inside the factory. I hope we can do, but it’s quite early for us to say.

“For Suzuki, it’s difficult, because we’ve never had experience of providing bikes to other teams. But we hope we are able to do one day.

 

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