MotoGP: Davide Brivio joins Trackhouse Racing Aprilia as Team Principal

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Former Suzuki team boss Davide Brivio is back in MotoGP after joining new outfit Trackhouse Racing Aprilia as Team Principal.

Brivio had been working in Formula One with the Alpine team since departing the MotoGP paddock following Joan Mir’s title success with Suzuki in 2020. The Italian also oversaw rider championships for Yamaha with Valentino Rossi, whilst he has four constructor’s titles on his CV.

Trackhouse Racing replaced RNF Racing as Aprilia’s official satellite team, with Miguel Oilveira and Raul Fernandez remaining as the team’s riders. Oliveira will begin the season onboard the 2024 RS-GP, with Fernandez swapping the 2022 machine for the 2023-spec bike.

“It all happened very quickly in the last days with Justin asking me to help Trackhouse in the MotoGP challenge,” Brivio said. “It’s so exciting to be a part of this new project since the beginning and I’m really looking forward to getting to know Trackhouse more and see what we can bring in MotoGP from the successful vision and experience that this company has in other sports and environments.

“It could be a great combination of the two worlds. Now, it’s just one more test to go, almost time to go racing and we will try to support as much as we can our two talented riders Miguel and Raul and have fun. In the last few days everything has happened very quickly and before I could not say where I was going but hey, it’s great news and we will start working quickly!”

Davide Tardozzi celebrates with 2020 MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir

Brivio will be working alongside experienced team manager Wilco Zeelenberg this year as the new American team look to make an instant impact on the championship. In comparison to the RNF team, Trackhouse Racing will have a much closer working relationship with Aprilia.

“It’s incredible to have someone of Davide’s calibre and experience leading the Trackhouse Racing MotoGP Team,” Trackhouse Racing Team Owner, Justin Marks said. “All of us at the company are humbled by the commitment he has made.

“It became apparent the moment I met Davide that he would be someone that fits perfectly in the Trackhouse culture. I know he will lead us to great things on and off the racetrack.”

Oliveira ended the three-day Sepang Test 18th overall, but Fernandez missed the final two days after suffering heavy bruising to his pelvis/hip area in a highside on the opening day. Fernandez was replaced by Aprilia test rider Lorenzo Savadori.

The next pre-season test takes place at the Lusail International Circuit in Qatar on February 19-20.