Brivio: ‘He can’t push’

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Suzuki team boss Da­vide Brivio says Iannone and the team just need more time to get the bike and the rider work­ing bet­ter to­gether.

“The sit­u­a­tion is more dif­fi­cult than we ex­pected, and with An­drea we’re still work­ing on both sides. As a fac­tory and as a team, we’re try­ing to make the bike suit­able for his style, and on the other side he’s try­ing to adapt him­self to the Suzuki.

“Com­ing from a dif­fer­ent bike, it’s not an easy or quick job. We both need time, es­pe­cially An­drea, be­cause he has to ac­quire a dif­fer­ent rid­ing style. I’m sure that when he com­pletes this job we’ll get what we ex­pected – but we need more time.”

But the Ital­ian team boss was also quick to agree with Schwantz’s es­ti­ma­tion that Iannone is strug­gling with his mo­ti­va­tion, too.

“He’s strug­gling to ride the bike, but when you’re not 100% con­fi­dent you can’t push, and if you can’t push you can’t get the re­sults. Then you’re not happy, and ev­ery­thing re­volves around that for a rider. That’s why we’re work­ing to get his con­fi­dence back, and I think once we get there the jump will be come quickly.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to work on the bike dur­ing the sum­mer break, and the en­gi­neers in Ja­pan are work­ing hard. We’ve tried some chas­sis im­prove­ments and some dif­fer­ent ge­om­e­try. We’re ex­pect­ing some­thing new to test later this year, most likely for the last four or five over­seas races.”

Brivio is con­fi­dent things will im­prove

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