Plate-spin­ning has to stop

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SIMON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Suzuki seem to have sim­ply bit­ten off more than they can chew with two new rid­ers, a host of new tech­ni­cal staff, all of which has been com­pounded by hav­ing a Mo­togp rookie who has al­ready missed half the sea­son through in­jury.

They’ve strug­gled to get to grips with the bike, due in part to An­drea Iannone’s crew chief Marco Rig­a­monti also be­ing a new ar­rival. He has come with his fel­low Ital­ian from Du­cati to a ma­chine he doesn’t know.

And it’s been made worse by Iannone’s some­times­d­if­fi­cult at­ti­tude, with reports leak­ing out of dishar­mony in the Suzuki garage due to his at­ti­tude, fre­quent out­bursts of anger, and his re­fusal to speak tech­ni­cally in any­thing but Ital­ian, much to the con­ster­na­tion of his Ja­panese en­gi­neers, French tyre tech­ni­cians and Swedish sus­pen­sion gu­rus. Most crews pre­fer to work in English.

But things could get bet­ter soon with the reap­pear­ance of vet­eran crew chief Tom O’kane in re­cent weeks. Most re­cently Aleix Es­par­garó’s chief, he was pushed into a be­hind-thescenes role in 2017 to al­low Rig­a­monti to move in.

The ge­nius be­hind the very first dat­a­log­ging and teleme­try in GP rac­ing, O’kane is both in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with the GSX-RR and has a rep­u­ta­tion as a cool-headed crew chief.

‘Reports sug­gest Iannone only speaks Ital­ian on tech­ni­cal is­sues’

Too many changes in one go have slowed Suzuki down in 2017

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