Suzuki plans to withdraw from MotoGP at the end of the season

Suzuki plans to withdraw from MotoGP at the end of the season


Joan Mir wants to finish the 2022 season as well as possible before Suzuki withdraws from MotoGP later this year.

On Thursday, the Japanese manufacturer officially announced plans to end its participation in MotoGP and is in discussions with Dorna Sports ahead of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Rumors of Suzuki leaving the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing championship were widely reported in the media earlier this month and Dorna, MotoGP’s commercial rights holder, said the manufacturer could not make a unilateral decision as it was under contract until 2026.

“This is a situation that nobody wants to hear about because we have worked very long on this project, many people have been working on it longer than me,” Mir told the MotoGP website.

“We gave everything for this brand and in the end we had to part ways at the end of the season,” said the Spaniard who presented the 2020 Suzuki world title.

Mir is currently sixth in the standings with 56 points, 13 behind team-mate Alex Rins and 33 points off top-ranked Fabio Quartararo after six races.

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Suzuki had exited MotoGP previously by leaving premier class racing after the 2011 season due to the economic recession. They returned to fully participate in 2015 until now.

In an official statement today Suzuki said “the current economic situation and the need to concentrate efforts on the major changes facing the automotive world in recent years, forced Suzuki to divert its budget and human resources to develop new technologies.”

Following this decision, Mir and his team crew are now faced with an uncertain future for next year.

However, the driver remains committed to completing his duties this season well.

“As a rider, the only thing I can do is finish the season as well as possible for my team… say goodbye in the best way possible,” said Mir, who is reportedly close to Honda.

Regarding the race options next year, Mir will rely on his manager to find a seat in another team.

“I’m calm about this, because my manager will do a good job, and soon we will hear good news about it, I don’t know when but of course from now on, or from Jerez I’m official on the market. Before all this happened, we negotiated with Suzuki, then nothing was signed about Honda.”

“As I said, we are now in the market, of course my manager will speak to everyone, and we will judge in the end and make a decision for my future.”

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