Suzuki left MotoGP for the first time in 2011 before returning four years later. Dorna Sports must now validate the team’s decision.
Japanese manufacturer Suzuki confirmed on Thursday that it is in talks with the MotoGP World Championship (Dorna) promoter to leave the discipline at the end of the year.
Unfortunately, the current economic situation and the need to focus its efforts on the major changes that the world of the power industry has been facing in recent years are forcing Suzuki to shift its costs and human resources to the development of new technologies.
Suzuki’s departure from MotoGP was announced on Monday, May 2, by the specialized site Motorsport.com. Suzuki executives had gathered the team members in MotoGP to inform them of their decision to leave the discipline at the end of the season.
Dorna Sports, the promoter of the world championship, had then “officially contacted” the factory to remind it of the terms of its contract in progress until 2026, which does not allow it to “take this decision unilaterally.”
Suzuki Motor Corporation is in discussions with Dorna regarding the possibility of ending its participation in MotoGP at the end of 2022: https://t.co/O8CBk1EQGu@suzukimotogp @MotoGP pic.twitter.com/oO9yWmKjtY
— Suzuki Racing (@SuzukiOfficial) May 12, 2022
A historic stable, Suzuki had already left the discipline at the end of 2011 before returning in 2015. In 2020, they won the title of world champion driver thanks to the Spaniard Joan Mir and the title of the best team.
On the other hand, the manufacturer’s title escaped him in the modern era, having won his seven crowns in the former 500cc premier category from 1976 to 1982.