It’s official: Suzuki quits MotoGP and EWC

After months of rumors and speculation, it’s now official: Suzuki leaves MotoGP, and, equally surprising, the World Endurance Championship. Both racing efforts will end at the end of the 2022 season.

When Suzuki first learned that Suzuki was quitting MotoGP, it seemed like a bit of a surprise to Dorna, the owner of the commercial rights to the world championship series. Subsequent discussions between Suzuki and Dorna resulted in an agreement between the two, culminating in the official withdrawal announcement on July 13. A financial penalty will likely be imposed on Suzuki for terminating their contract, although the details are unclear at this time.

Current Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP riders Joan Mir and Alex Rins would normally be in a tough spot in a situation like this, but Rins has already signed for LCR Honda for 2023, and Mir is apparently very close to a deal with Repsol Honda. for the next year. The fate of the rest of the Ecstar team is currently unknown.

Suzuki has a long racing history in MotoGP and its predecessors, including with Barry Sheene in the 1970s, Kevin Schwantz’s overall victory in 1993 and the team and rider title with Ecstar and Joan Mir in 2020.

Yoshimura SERT Motul GSX-R1000R. Photo: Suzuki

The Japanese factory’s history in the World Endurance Championship is equally rich, with a long line of fine GSX-R endurance bikes in its wake, and Suzuki currently leads the EWC standings for the season. 2022.

Suzuki cited a move away from racing and toward durability in its business model as the reason for the exits. The factory already left World Superbike in 2015.

Suzuki promised to continue supporting and competing at the highest level in both series for the remainder of the season.

Earnest L. Veasey