MotoGP: Suzuki unveil 2021 livery ahead of Qatar Test
Suzuki has unveiled its all-new 2021 MotoGP livery in a presentation at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Ahead of the opening day of official test action in Qatar, the winners of last year's Riders' and Team's Championship came together to present their new-look Suzuki GSX-RR.
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Suzuki's 2021 livery keeps the striking blue and silver design from last season, which was introduced to celebrate the manufacturer's 60th racing anniversary. The big addition this year is the introduction of the Monster Energy logos, with the energy drink company coming onboard as a major sponsor of the team.
The bottom of the bike is now black and includes the iconic green logo of Monster Energy. These colours and logos can also be found on the front wheel guard, and each side of the screen. A fluorescent green strip also circulates the inside of the tyres. Monster Energy also sponsor the factory Yamaha team.
The team is the only one in the paddock to keep both of its riders for the upcoming season, with reigning champion Joan Mir and last year's third-place man Alex Rins staying put.
Suzuki will however defend their first world championship in 20 years without former team manager Davide Brivio. He has moved to the Alpine Formula One, which previously raced under the Renault banner, team for 2021.
Suzuki has opted not to replace Brivio and instead use the expertise already found within the team to form a committee of leaders. This management committee consists of:
- Shinichi Sahara - Project Leader
- Ken Kawauchi - Technical Manager
- Frankie Carchedi - Mir's Crew Chief
- Jose Manuel Cazeaux - Rins' Crew Chief
- Alberto Gomez - Marketing & Communication Manager
- Mitia Dotta & Roberto Brivio - Team Coordinators
Although Mir has chosen to keep his traditional number 36 on the front of it, the 2020 champion has introduced his special champion's logo on the bike's screen.
The first day of the official Qatar Test is due to get underway at 11am here in the UK and the riders will be able to complete laps until 6pm this evening. The same schedule is in place for the second and final day of the first test tomorrow (March 7).