Suzuki has declared that it would retire from the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the 2022 season.
Suzuki’s surprising decision to withdraw, just six races into the new five-year MotoGP contract, was revealed last week amid claims that team personnel had been informed.
However, the legalities of such an early contract termination must be worked out, thus the factory’s brief and carefully written statement that it is “in conversations” with Dorna about “the prospect” of a MotoGP withdrawal.
Before expressing “our sincerest gratitude” to the team and supporters, the statement laments the “present economic crisis” and the “need to concentrate its work on the huge changes that the Automotive world is facing” (probably electric automobiles).
“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.”
Suzuki won the MotoGP world championship in 2020 with Joan Mir, finished third with Mir last season, and has two podiums this season with Alex Rins.