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MotoGP exit scheduled for the end of the 2022 season: Suzuki explains the reasons

(Motorsport-Total.com) – Suzuki officially confirmed on Thursday ahead of the French Grand Prix that it will leave MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season and explained the reasons for its shocking decision.

After returning in 2015, Suzuki will leave MotoGP again at the end of the season

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“The current economic situation and the need to focus on the great changes that the automotive world is facing in recent years are forcing Suzuki to shift costs and human resources towards the development of new technologies”, the note reads.

“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Suzuki team, to all those who have supported Suzuki motorcycle racing for many years and to all Suzuki fans who have enthusiastically supported us,” said Suzuki.

“Suzuki Motor Corporation is in discussion with Dorna about the possibility of ending their participation in MotoGP at the end of 2022,” Suzuki said.

On Monday evening, after the Jerez Grand Prix, the Spanish edition of “Motorsport.com” initially reported on Suzuki’s planned exit. As a result, the management reunited the MotoGP team only on Monday afternoon and informed him of the decision to leave the series at the end of the current season.

Dorna recalls Suzuki’s contractual commitment

Even before Suzuki officially confirmed this, Dorna released a statement Tuesday after the Jerez race in which they showed their displeasure and stressed that the brand could not leave MotoGP alone, only with its consent.

Because all the manufacturers of the current grid have a valid contract with Dorna to compete in MotoGP until the end of 2026. Suzuki’s decision therefore has legal and economic consequences.


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Suzuki had already left MotoGP at the end of the 2011 season. The team has raced full-time in the premier class since 1974, winning championships with Barry Sheene, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr.

Highlight 2020: World Champion title with Joan Mir

Even in the four-stroke era of MotoGP, the team was able to contend for victory in a Grand Prix and win a race before dropping out of school in 2011 due to the 2008 financial crisis.

While 2016 changed the technical rules of MotoGP with the introduction of unified electronics and concessions to help new and struggling manufacturers, Suzuki made a big comeback the year before.

The Japanese manufacturer returned to winning ways with Maverick Vinales winning the 2016 British Grand Prix. In 2020 he won his first drivers’ championship in 20 years with Joan Mir.

Future of the pilots uncertain after the shock news

Suzuki started the current season well: Alex Rins secured two podiums; Mir consistently finished in the top six. With the former Livio Suppo, the team also found at the beginning of the season the replacement of Davide Brivio, who moved to Formula 1 at the beginning of 2021.

Suzuki’s decision to leave MotoGP leaves Mir and Rins’ future uncertain. However, there are rumors that Mir could replace Pol Espargaro at Honda.

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