Suzuki confirmed final week long-time workforce supervisor Brivio could be leaving the Japanese producer having helmed the squad for the previous eight years.
This got here days after Motorsport.com revealed Brivio could be quitting Suzuki to tackle the position of CEO of the rebranded Alpine System 1 workforce in 2021 – although that is but to be made official by Alpine and Renault.
Brivio introduced Rins to Suzuki in 2017, with the Spaniard profitable three races since and aiding the marque to the groups’ title final season.
Talking in an unique interview on Motorsport.com’s Spanish language MotoGP podcast, Rins revealed he came upon about Brivio’s departure a day earlier than the announcement and admits it took him without warning.
“If I’m sincere, I skilled the information unexpectedly with out barely understanding it,” Rins stated of Brivio’s exit.
“He known as me the day earlier than it was introduced. He instructed me he was leaving the workforce.
“At first I assumed it was a joke, nevertheless it’s true and I used to be very stunned.
“He has carried out an unimaginable job for Suzuki and now a brand new journey begins for him.”
Rins added: “We had and have an excellent relationship. The reality is that I’m super-grateful for the whole lot he has carried out over time and for having given me the chance in 2017 after a tough yr [in Moto2] with many accidents, and that he continues to belief me.”
Motorsport.com reported on Tuesday Suzuki is not going to search out a alternative for Brivio in 2021, as a substitute choosing an inner restructure to share round Brivio’s former obligations.
Brivio’s influence on Suzuki has been immense, however Rins doesn’t foresee his exit having a dramatic influence on the “concord” of the workforce.
“What it might have an effect on or not, I don’t know,” he stated.
“However in fact there will likely be a void, the one which Davide occupied. It can certainly [have an] impact, however I believe not negatively.
“The concord with the workforce is unimaginable and that, partly, he has additionally achieved. It can change as a result of that determine of Davide is not going to be there, however not a lot.”
On Tuesday MotoGP introduced its Sepang pre-season check had been cancelled due to COVID-19, although the three-day Qatar check in March continues to be on at current.
Rins admits the information got here as a shock, however doesn’t consider solely having the Qatar check will drawback him that a lot given the 2020 GSX-RR will carry over to this season as a part of COVID cost-saving measures launched final yr.
“When you inform me that we’ve to begin the yr with a brand new engine, a brand new chassis, it might be extra difficult,” stated Rins.
“However beginning the season with final yr’s bike, I believe three days of testing in Qatar is sufficient.
“At the very least for me; I don’t know if will probably be as splendid for riders like Pol [Espargaro] or [Danilo] Petrucci, who should get on a brand new bike.
“However in my case I believe we’ve sufficient.”
Rins additionally revealed he didn’t bear surgical procedure within the low season in any case on the shoulder he injured on the Spanish Grand Prix in July, having floated the thought on the finish of final season.