A bit of a surprise comes from the MotoGP paddock today, as it has been announced that Livio Suppo has resigned from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC).
A staple of MotoGP racing, Suppo started in MotoGP with Ducati Corse back in 1999, as the Italian brand’s racing Marketing Director. Moving on from Ducati in 2010, he joined Honda at HRC, where he has been the MotoGP Team Principal at the Repsol Honda squad since 2013.
Suppo’s exit is a year earlier than his contract with HRC provides, but with Marc Marquez winning the riders championship, and Honda winning the constructors championship, Suppo told GPOne that the time was right to make his departure.
As for what’s next for the Italian? Some time off and a future in a different industry seems to be the path most likely taken, though time will tell.
“It has been a real honour to work for HRC over the past eight years,” said Livio Suppo. “It has been a great professional and human experience, and I will be always grateful to the Company for asking me to be part of it.”
“Anyway, after 22 seasons in the motorcycle racing world, I feel that it is time for me to look for new challenges. I leave HRC knowing that in 2018 they will be competitive, because Marc and Dani are very strong and the engineers will as always prepare a good package for them to fight for the championship again.”
“I will never forget all the good days we had together, and one more time I would like to say thanks to everybody in the team and at HRC for sharing these exciting years with me.”
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