In a surprising turn of events, former Alpine Formula 1 chief Davide Brivio is making a swift return to MotoGP as the team principal of the newly established Trackhouse Racing team.
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Despite widespread speculation linking him to a potential move to Honda, Brivio has opted to join forces with Trackhouse, which has ventured into MotoGP this year by acquiring the entry previously held by RNF and CryptoDATA.
Replacing PJ Rashidi, Brivio’s appointment marks a significant shift in leadership for the American outfit. “It all happened very quickly in the last days with Justin asking me to help Trackhouse in the MotoGP challenge,” Brivio remarked. Expressing his excitement for the project’s inception, he added, “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.”
Brivio’s decision to join Trackhouse follows a three-year tenure at Alpine, where he served in various capacities, including racing director of its Formula 1 team and head of its young driver programme. Departing Alpine at the end of last year, the 59-year-old’s move back to MotoGP comes after leading Suzuki to its first premier class title in 20 years in 2020, with Joan Mir clinching the championship under his leadership.
Trackhouse’s collaboration with Aprilia is expected to play a pivotal role in the development of the RS-GP. With riders Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez set to pilot two 2024-spec bikes, the team is poised for a competitive season. “It’s incredible to have someone of Davide’s calibre and experience leading the Trackhouse Racing MotoGP Team,” remarked Justin Marks, founder of Trackhouse Racing. “I know he will lead us to great things on and off the racetrack.”
Oliveira has already commenced testing on the 2024-spec bike alongside factory riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, while Fernandez is anticipated to start the season with the 2023 bike before transitioning to the new chassis later in the season.
The influence of Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola has been instrumental in Brivio’s appointment, underscoring the significance of his wealth of experience in MotoGP with Yamaha and Suzuki. As the season draws closer, anticipation is mounting for what Brivio and Trackhouse Racing will bring to the MotoGP grid in 2024.