Suzuki and Dorna agree to exit MotoGP at the end of 2022

Suzuki surprised the MotoGP paddock in May when it announced it would withdraw from the series at the end of 2022, just seven years after its return to the premier class.

The Japanese manufacturer won its first world title in 20 years courtesy of Joan Mir in 2020 after rebuilding his team since returning full-time to MotoGP in 2015 and making a first comeback at Silverstone in 2016 with Maverick Vinales scored victory.

But Suzuki’s exit plan hit a hurdle when Dorna announced the decision could not be taken “unilaterally”, sparking negotiations for the manufacturer to terminate its existing MotoGP contract. The current deal should keep Suzuki in the series until the end of 2026 after signing it earlier this year.

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports

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But after talks, it was agreed that Suzuki would leave MotoGP at the end of the year. Suzuki also ended its works involvement in the Endurance World Championship at the end of this season.

“Suzuki has decided to end MotoGP and EWC participation given the need to reallocate resources to other sustainability initiatives,” Toshihiro Suzuki, deputy director and president, said in a statement.

“Motorcycle racing has always been a challenging place for technological innovation, including sustainability and people development.

“This decision means we are taking on the challenge of building the new motorcycle business by redirecting the technological capabilities and human resources we have built through motorcycle racing activities to explore other avenues for a sustainable society.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all our fans, riders and all stakeholders who have joined us and enthusiastically supported us from the development stages since our return to MotoGP racing.

“I will continue to do my best to support Alex Rins, Joan Mir, Team Suzuki Ecstar and Yoshimura SERT Motul to be competitive until the end of the season. Thank you for your kind support.”

The decision has left both Mir and Rins without a MotoGP ride for 2023, but Mir is expected to join Marc Marquez on the works Honda team while Rins will move to the LCR Honda team.

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