Above: Livio Suppo, left, with HRC director/general manager of race operations Tetsuhiro Kuwata.
Repsol Honda team principal Livio Suppo is leaving Honda Racing Corporation and the MotoGP paddock to “look for new challenges.”
Suppo joined HRC in 2010 as communications and marketing director. In 2013 he added the role of team principal as he oversaw team and rider management as well as marketing. The team won five riders’ titles – Casey Stoner’s in 2011 and Marc Marquez’s four, capped by Sunday’s title.
“It has been a real honour to work for HRC over the past eight years,” Suppo said in a statement. “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.”
Suppo previously worked at Ducati from 2003-09, during which Stoner claimed the 2007 championship.