Yamaha Recruits Engineers for the Suzuki MotoGP Team, the Brains Behind the Glory of the GSX-RR


Yamaha has officially recruited Suzuki MotoGP team engineer Tom O’Kane for next season’s competition. The presence of O’Kane is expected to help the development of the YZR-M1 2023 which is formulated to be faster and more powerful.

Citing website The Race, Yamaha Team Manager Massimo Meregalli openly admitted that his party had recruited Tom O’Kane. O’Kane is an important engineer who is the key to the development of the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP motorbike, so that this motorbike can win MotoGP in 2020.

“I never worked with him, but I think everyone has the same point of view about Tom,” Meregalli told The Race.

“This opportunity arrived and we thought it would be very good to take it. Let’s talk about (his new role) after he is done with Suzuki.”

For information, Suzuki has confirmed that it will withdraw from the MotoGP event at the end of the 2022 season. The resources available in the Suzuki Ecstar team are also busy looking for new ‘ships’ so they can continue to exist in the premier class motorcycle racing.

Suzuki GSX-RR can win MotoGP in 2020 with Joan Mir Photo: AP/Armando Franca

Two of their drivers, Alex Rins and Joan Mir have been confirmed to move to the Honda team next season. Rins defends the LCR Honda satellite team, while Mir will collaborate with Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda factory team.

Not only racers, but also engineers at Suzuki such as Tom O’Kane had to eventually cross over to other teams. O’Kane himself is an old engineer at Suzuki. He has worked on the Suzuki racing team since the late 1980s.

O’Kane is currently the Chief Technician of the test racer, Sylvain Guintoli. Interestingly, O’Kane has just finished his doctoral school at Dublin City University, Ireland, and now he has a PhD.

For Yamaha, getting skilled workers like O’Kane is a very exciting thing. Previously, the manufacturer bearing the tuning fork has recruited former Ferrari and Toyota Formula 1 engine chief Luca Marmorini.

With the addition of these two experts, it is hoped that the Yamaha YZR-M1 can compete with the best current MotoGP bikes, such as the Ducati Desmosedici, Aprilia RS-GP, and Honda RC213V.

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