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‘Many gambles’ pay off for Suzuki MotoGP boss Brivio

Ecstar Suzuki MotoGP boss Davide Brivio saw his ‘many gambles’ with Maverick Vinales pay off on Sunday at Silverstone when the Spaniard walked away with the win on a dry track.

In an historic moment for rider and team - who haven’t won since 2007 - Vinales took on and beat multiple world champions at their own game, and made it look easy at the 3.3-mile Northamptonshire circuit.

“Before the race we talked to Maverick. He knew he had to be careful with the tyres. I was hoping he was managing. There were a few seconds advantage so lap by lap I was thinking, ‘OK, four seconds, eight laps. OK, half a second a lap.’ Then, ‘Four seconds, four laps… Should be enough.’ But Maverick was unbelievable, so strong from the very beginning,” Brivio said after the race.


“ All weekend. I mean, I’m very happy because it’s like a clean win. Everyone was there. It was dry. We are really happy. Our bike here was I think very good but of course Maverick was fantastic riding and using it. Let’s say I’m very happy for the factory, Suzuki. We worked very hard and I think it’s a big reward for everyone behind us in Japan. We are just a small factory.

“It’s only our second year. We came back with a new project starting from zero. Of course it was not easy. This is a strong competition, strong manufacturers, strong riders. We came with a gamble at the beginning. We took a rookie guy from Moto2, after just one year. Some people said it was too early, he had to wait more or whatever. I’m very happy. In this project there were many gambles. The rider was a rookie, the crew chief was a rookie, Suzuki was a rookie after coming back. I’m very happy. We hope now to continue.”

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