End of an era: Suzuki to terminate MotoGP and EWC factory participation

In a recent announcement, Suzuki shared that the company has decided to end its participation in both MotoGP and in World Endurance Championship (EWC) at the end of the 2022 season.

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  • When will Suzuki exit MotoGP and EWC?


    Suzuki will end its MotoGP and EWC participation at the end of the 2022 season.

  • Why will Suzuki end its participation in the said race organizations?


    According to Suzuki, it will stop its participation in the said race events due to its need to re-allocate resources to other initiatives for sustainability.

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    “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,” explained Suzuki Motor Corporation President Toshihiro Suzuki.

    “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,” he added.

    This decision leaves both MotoGP riders Rins and Mir with no saddle to sit on next year. However, word on the web says that Mir is expected to sign with Hondas factory team to join Marc Marquez while Rins will most likely head to Hondas LCR crew as Alex Marquez exits the team for a seat at Gresini Ducati. 

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    As for those riding for the Suzuki EWC team, there is still no word as to where the trio of Guintoli, Black, and Simeon will be headed after Suzukis exit from the race organization. 

    Photos from MotoGP and World Endurance Championship (EWC)

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