Former 500cc race winner Alberto Puig has been appointed as the factory Honda MotoGP team’s new team manager, taking over the role from Livio Suppo.

Suppo – who was team manager at Ducati prior to joining Honda in 2010 – announced his retirement after five years as Honda team manager during the Valencia two-day test in November last year.

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Having completed his duties for the 2018 campaign, Honda initially did not rush to seek out his successor.

With 25 years experience within the Honda fold, as a rider, manager in the lower categories and part of its talent development program – including the Asia and British Talent Cup, Puig is looking forward to taking on his new role in the premier class.

“I’m very grateful to HRC for this opportunity they have given me with the Repsol Honda Team,” he said.

“I’ve been with Honda for the last 25 years of my professional career, first as a rider, then as a team manager in the smaller classes, and lately as a coach for many of the Asian riders Honda have around the world.

“To have the chance to be in this position in one of the most successful teams in the MotoGP championship is a very big honour for me, so I can only focus on giving my best back to Honda and on trying to help them achieve their goals.

“I’m sure our riders will be ready when the time comes, and we as a team will also be ready to once again fight for the title, with humility but also with great determination.”

Puig will begin his new role as team manager at the opening pre-season test of the year in Malaysia from January 28-30