In a press statement released this afternoon, Alberto Puig was the new Team Manager at Repsol Honda. The spanish former rider will fill the job left at the of 2017 by Livio Suppo.
Aged 51, Alberto Puig has a long standing relationship with Honda and his joy was obvious in his own words:
I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me with the Repsol Honda Team. I’ve been with Honda for the last 25 years of my professional career, first as a rider, then as a team manager in the smaller classes, and lately as a coach for many of the Asian riders Honda have around the world. To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them to achieve their goals. I’m sure our riders will be ready when the time comes, and we as a team will also be ready to once again fight for the title, with humility but also with great determination.
Puig will start his new job at the first winter test which will take place between January 24-26 at Sepang, in Malaysia.
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In a major announcement made today, Livio Suppo announced his departure from Repsol Honda. Suppo, who was the Team Principal, has left the team after a successful eight years stint.
In this time, he helped the team to win six constructors championship and five riders championship (four with Marquez, one with Stoner). Before his time with Honda, he worked for Ducati, where he was a main factor in their 2007 success.
Suppo, aged 53, signed with Honda in 2010 and worked as Marketing Director for three seasons. From 2013 onwards he was the Team Principal, a position he held until his resignation.
It is yet unknown who will replace Livio Suppo. Also, there is no information about his future appointments.
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Livio Suppo, team principal al echipei Repsol Honda a declarat ca atat el cat si ceilalti membrii ai echipei au fost mult mai surprinsi de rezultatele lui Valentino Rossi decat de cele ale coechipierului Maverick Vinales.
Valentino Rossi a suferit mult in timpul presezonului, timpii săi din teste sugerand ca sezonul ce este in desfasurare va fi unul greu.
In timpul testelor de iarna Valentino a suferit mult, la fel si in Qatar si Argentina, dar in curse a reusit sa termine pe podium. Felicitarile mele merg catre el.
Presezonul exceptional pe care Maverick Vinales l-a avut fac ca cele doua victorii obtinute in primele doua curse sa nu șocheze lumea din Paddock, inclusiv pe șefii Honda.
„Desigur ca nu sunt surprins de rezultatele lui Maverick. A fost rapid alaturi de Yamaha din primul moment din care s-a urcat pe ea si sunt mult mai surprins de rezultatele lui Valentino.” a mai declarat italianul.
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