Suzuki and Dorna have agreed for the release of MotoGP at the end of 2022

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

The Japanese manufacturer won its first world title in 20 years courtesy of Joan Mir in 2020, who rebuilt its team since its full-time return to MotoGP in 2015, earning its first return win its in 2016 at Silverstone with Maverick Vinales.

But Suzuki’s exit plan became a hindrance when Dorna announced that the decision could not be made “unilaterally”, which triggered negotiations for the manufacturer to break the current contract with MotoGP. The current deal is set to keep Suzuki in the series until the end of 2026, having it signed earlier this year.

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

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

But following discussions, an agreement was made for Suzuki to leave MotoGP at the end of the year. Suzuki has also ended its factory participation in the Endurance World Championship by the end of this season.

“Suzuki has decided to end the involvement of MotoGP and EWC in the face of the need to re -allocate resources to other initiatives for sustainability,” Toshihiro Suzuki, Representative Director and President, said in a statement.

“Motorcycle racing has always been a challenging area for innovative technology, including maintenance, and human resource development.

“This decision means we will face the challenge of building a new motorcycle business operation by redirecting the technological capabilities and human resources we have cultivated through motorcycle racing activities to explore others. more routes 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 stage since we returned to the MotoGP race.

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

The decision also left Mir and Rins without a trip to MotoGP for 2023, but Mir is expected to join Marc Marquez on the factory Honda squad while Rins is set to move to the LCR Honda team.

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