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Here’s the Real Reason Why Suzuki Is Leaving MotoGP
It has been over two weeks since Suzuki shocked its MotoGP team and the paddock by announcing that it would be withdrawing from the sport at the end of the 2022 season. Since then, there has been no official explanation from Suzuki, perhaps because the company is still in talks with MotoGP rights holder Dorna. Dorna made it clear that any decision to leave could not be made unilaterally, especially since Suzuki had signed a contract to stay in MotoGP until 2026.
However,motoinworld.com has reported that it has obtained a copy of a memo sent by Suzuki to its U.S. dealers, which provides reasons behind the decision and reaffirms the company’s commitment to its core business of motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters. The statement reads as follows: “Suzuki Motor Corporation is indeed considering leaving MotoGP at the end of 2022 and is negotiating with series organizer DORNA on an exit plan.
This decision has been made due to the changing market environment and is part of a strategy to allocate resources to ensure the health and vitality of Suzuki’s overall business, particularly in areas related to sustainability, carbon neutrality, and alternative fuel technologies. Like all companies, Suzuki is adapting to a rapidly changing world.” “This business decision does not undermine Suzuki’s dedication and commitment to its motorcycle and ATV business or the U.S. powersports market.” “Suzuki Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor USA, LLC remain committed to powersports and the U.S. market, and will continue to provide and service the premium quality Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs, and scooters that you have come to expect.” The statement also emphasized Suzuki’s support for its racing commitments in the U.S., including MotoAmerica, AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, and NHRA Pro Stock Drag Racing. Among all the Japanese manufacturers, Suzuki’s development of its road bike range has stagnated somewhat in recent years. The few new models introduced have been revised versions of existing models, such as the Hayabusa and GSX-S1000/GT range. It’s evident that this story is far from over, particularly due to the ongoing discussions with Dorna. One possibility being explored is for Suzuki to supply bikes and technical services to a team interested in taking over the operation of the A Suzuki GSX-R750 MotoGP bikes. This could be a more favorable option for Suzuki than facing a substantial fine and being prevented from participating in the future. The fact that there are teams – and potentially manufacturers – ready to step in and fill the grid spots left by Suzuki means that MotoGP will not suffer from a loss of two bikes on the grid. However, whether the replacement team will be able to compete at the front like Suzuki has done for the past three years remains uncertain. MotoGP was thriving with six different factory teams, and while losing one isn’t a disaster, Dorna will want to ensure that other manufacturers don’t see a hint of truth in Suzuki’s decision: that MotoGP consumes significant financial resources that could be better allocated to preparing for the next phase of motorcycling as a whole. https://motoinworld.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Motobikeinworld