In a terse statement from the Suzuki press office, the Japanese manufacturer made it official that it is negotiating with Dorna, the organizer of the MotoGP series, to disband its MotoGP team at the end of this year. In related news, both of Suzuki’s team riders, 2020 MotoGP champion Joan Mir and Alex Rins, have stated that they understand that they will need to find new teams to race for beginning with the 2023 series.
It is widely expected that the two grid positions currently occupied by Suzuki will be picked up by another team beginning next year. The identity of that team, and whether it has full factory support or is a satellite effort, remains to be seen. There is some speculation that KTM might pick up the two spots and run a MotoGP team under the banner of one of its sister brands, Husqvarna or GasGas.
Here is the press release from Suzuki:
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 12, 2022 –
Suzuki Motor Corporation is in discussions with Dorna regarding the possibility of ending its participation in MotoGP at the end of 2022.
Unfortunately, the current economical situation and the need to concentrate its effort on the big changes that the Automotive world is facing in these years, are forcing Suzuki to shift costs and human resources to develop new technologies.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Suzuki Ecstar Team, to all those who have supported Suzuki’s motorcycle racing activities for many years and to all Suzuki fans who have given us their enthusiastic support.
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