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Puig named as new Honda MotoGP team boss

Motor Sport 2018-01-12 08:01:00

Alberto Puig has been named the new team boss of the works Honda MotoGP team, it has been announced.

As predicted by Motorsport.com, Puig, 50, takes over the role from Livio Suppo, who announced his departure from Honda last November.

The Spaniard will combine his new role at the Japanese manufacturer with his existing positions within Dorna as head of the Asian and British Talent Cup series.

Puig is a former race winner in 500cc, taking a sole win at Jerez in 1995, and since ending his grand prix career after the 1997 season has played an active role in rider development.

He was responsible for launching the careers of Casey Stoner, Toni Elias and most notably Dani Pedrosa, for whom he acted as manager until 2013. 

Like that of reigning champion Marc Marquez, Pedrosa's contract with Honda is up for renewal at the end of 2018.

Pedrosa will continue his collaboration with rider coach Sete Gibernau this year, having parted ways with the Wasserman management group.