Suzuki Motor Corporation and MotoGP rights company Dorna have come to an agreement to terminate Suzuki’s participation in the MotoGP championship, which has been the pinnacle of motorcycle racing for over 25 years, at the end of the 2022 season.
Suzuki will also terminate its factory participation in the World Endurance Championship (EWC) at the end of the 2022 season.
In a statement last week, Suzuki Motor Corp said: “We will continue to race in the 2022 MotoGP and EWC championships, maintaining our maximum efforts to win the remaining races. We aim to continue our support for our customers’ racing activities through our global distributor network. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all Suzuki fans who have given us their enthusiastic support and to all those who have supported Suzuki's motorcycle racing activities for many years.
Toshihiro Suzuki, Representative Director and President said: “Suzuki has decided to end the participation of MotoGP and EWC in the face of the need to re-allocate resources on other initiatives for sustainability. Motorcycle racing has always been a challenging place for technological innovation, including sustainability, and human resource development. This decision means that we will take on the challenge to build the new motorcycle business operation by redirecting the technological capabilities and human resources we have cultivated through the motorcycle racing activities to investigate other routes for a sustainable society.
He added, “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all our fans, riders and all stakeholders who joined us and enthusiastically supported us from the development stage since we returned to MotoGP racing.
“I will continue to do my best to support Alex Rins, Joan Mir, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and YOSHIMURA SERT MOTUL to compete competitively until the end of the season."