Honda’s team boss Livio Suppo will leave his role and MotoGP altogether effective immediately just a day after Marc Marquez was crowned 2017 world champion.
Suppo came into MotoGP with Ducati in 2002, and had been with the company since the 1990s. The 53-year-old oversaw Ducati‘s rise to world champions with Casey Stoner in 2010 before departing for HRC in 2010.
Joining the Japanese marque as communications and marketing director, Suppo became team principal in 2013.
With Marquez wrapping up the 2017 riders’ title in Valencia – his fourth in five years with HRC – and Honda winning the constructors’ and teams’ titles, Suppo felt the time was right to step down in order to spend time with his family.
“I thought at the end of the day it was the right decision to lean now,” Suppo said.
“I still have a one-year contract with HRC, but at the moment HRC has everything under control for next year – riders and sponsors under contract, so most of my job is already done for next year.
“Inside me I wanted to change my life, so I prefer to do it now in order to allow HRC to organise themselves and plan the future.
“It’s not easy because (MotoGP) has been my life for so many years, but I’m sure it’s the right choice for myself and my family.
“I wish all the best to HRC, they have two fantastic riders, strong engineers, so I’m sure they’ll continue to be strong in this championship.”
With most of Suppo‘s duties for 2018 already done, HRC has confirmed it will not seek to find a replacement immediately.