Suzuki have unveiled their new 2021 title challenger with new Monster Energy sponsorship.
Suzuki return to MotoGP in 2021 without manager Davide Brivio but still with the same burning desire to retain the MotoGP title. In 2020 Suzuki were by far the most competitive team with their bike seeming to work effortlessly at any track it was put on, the bike was considered to be the ‘perfect bike’ with Fabio Quartararo even stating this in a press conference.
In 2021 the team line up with a largely unchanged livery, however, have gained Monster Energy as a title sponsor as the energy drink aims to catch up to Red Bull who’s logos are on nearly every bike/ riders helmet in the premier MotoGP class.
Joan Mir was able to take the 2020 MotoGP championship after a hugely consistent season in just his second year in the premier class, he amassed 7 podiums and 1 race win as he took the title with one round to go at Valencia, his teammate Alex Rins was also able to put on a spectacular show taking P3 overall in the standings with 4 podiums and 1 race win.
Joan Mir: “This new season seems like it will be a thrilling one with a lot of quick contenders. Despite winning last year I don’t consider myself as the ‘favourite’ for this season, because I believe that there is still a lot of work to do and big results to achieve. But nevertheless, I come into 2021 as ‘the man to beat’, and for sure there is some pressure surrounding that. Honestly I don’t mind it – I see it as a positive thing because pressure has always given me an extra push rather than holding me back. Again it is going to be a strange season with this Covid pandemic and all the travel restrictions, but I do hope that things will go better and better not only for us, the MotoGP family, but also for all our fans around the world. I left my GSX-RR last year with very good feelings, the limitations on the development prevented big steps of improvement, but I’m confident that the R&D department in Suzuki and our track engineers and mechanics have found some steps to improve.”
Alex Rins: “All winter I’ve been looking forward to getting back on track! I have done a lot of training, especially with my track bike, but nothing actually beats riding my GSX-RR. I think this year could be a great one for us, we have a strong team and a strong bike. We’re more motivated than ever, and we know that our bike is able to win so we’re ready to fight. The calendar is quite full, despite everything, and there are many fast riders, so building a consistent campaign will be the key as always.”