Suzuki has emulated rival MotoGP manufacturer Honda in creating its own designated motorsport department, the Suzuki Racing Company.
The SRC, a counterpart to the Honda Racing Corporation, will be an independent division with its own budget.
Its creation is intended to give Suzuki's grand prix racing outfit more autonomy in the management of its resources.
Up until now, any request made by the Davide Brivio-led Suzuki Ecstar outfit - which is based near Milan - had to be communicated to the manufacturer's Hamamatsu headquarters, where Suzuki's top brass would make a decision.
This was widely regarded as a handicap for the MotoGP outfit, as decisions and communication would sometimes take more time than was optimal.
In addition to MotoGP, the SRC will oversee the brand's other motorsport programmes, such as its Endurance World Championship effort and its factory MotoAmerica team, which won the 2017 Superbike class title with Toni Elias.
It remains to be seen whether the new structure will enable Suzuki to add a satellite team to its premier-class grand prix roster.
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