Suzuki called for order after expressing his desire to leave at the end of 2022

Suzuki called for order after expressing his desire to leave at the end of 2022

The MotoGP promoter called Japanese manufacturer Suzuki on Tuesday to discuss a possible exit from the world championship at the end of the year, specialist website Motorsport.com reported on Monday.

“Following recent rumors of Suzuki leaving MotoGP at the end of 2022, Dorna Sports (Championship Promoter) has officially contacted the factory to remind him that the terms of his MotoGP racing contract do not allow him to make this decision unilaterally.This is stated in the Dorna press release.

According to the specialized site Motorsport.com, on Monday the management of Suzuki gathered the team members in MotoGP and informed them of their decision to leave the discipline at the end of 2022. The AFP-affiliated Suzuki team did not. do not immediately confirm the information.

A historic team, Suzuki had already left the discipline at the end of 2011 before returning to it in 2015. In 2020, she won the world racing title thanks to Spain’s Khan Mir. The manufacturer’s title has eluded him in the modern era, however he won his seven crowns in the former 500cc premier class from 1976 to 1982.

“If Suzuki leaves following an agreement between the two parties, Dorna will determine the ideal number of riders and teams to race in MotoGP from 2023.”the promoter continued.

In the current format, 24 motorcycles have been entered. Eight from Ducati (2 in the factory team and 6 in the satellite teams), four from Yamaha, Honda and KTM (2 official bikes and 2 satellites each) and two factory bikes from Aprilia and Suzuki (ridden by Mir and fellow Spaniard Alex Rins). .

Potential replacements

The format normally runs until 2026, the expiry date of the current contract between the International Motorcycle Federation (FIM), Dorna and the IRTA (International Racing Team Association), which represents the six brands participating in MotoGP and manages it in partnership. from Dorne.

If Suzuki’s departure is confirmed, Dorna already explains that he has potential replacements: “Dorna continues to attract strong interest from a number of official factories and independent teams looking to join the MotoGP network. »

“The interest of these parties has been confirmed in the last 24 hours”, the promoter continued. The pilots would be on the transfer market. Haan Mir could return to Honda, according to Motorsport, alongside Marc Marquez and in place of Pol Espargar. For Alex Rins, on the other hand, the future would be even more uncertain.

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