Suzuki begins the countdown to a sad farewell to MotoGP in 2022

Suzuki begins the countdown to a sad farewell to MotoGP in 2022

Suzuki bid farewell to MotoGP shortly after winning the 2020 title

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When MotoGP returns to action on August 5, with the first day of free practice at the British GP, Suzuki will begin the countdown to the MotoGP World Championship. From the Silverstone landing, there will be only 94 days left for the brand in Hamamatsu to finish the story that had everything going well.

It is always good to explain that Suzuki’s history in the championship is made up of comings and goings. The last one happened at the end of 2011, when he left after the economic crisis that devastated the world with the promise of returning several years later, which was fully realized in 2015. Since then, the Japanese factory has built GSX. -Consistent RR with a great character, always with good drivers and he finished quickly to win the 2020 title with Joan Mir.


Álex Rins has already anticipated that he will compete with the LCR in 2023 (Photo: Suzuki)

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With everything going well, the Japanese house signed with Dorna, the promoters of the World, to remain in the championship until 2026, but, on April 2, it surprised everyone by announcing that it would leave MotoGP at the end of 2022. The decision was made suddenly and happened in the middle of negotiations of to renew the contracts of Mir and Álex Rins for another two years. The two, by the way, had decided to stay with the team.

Due to the current contract with the Spanish promoter, things were not that easy. Dorna stepped in and warned that the decision could not be unilateral, which led to long negotiations, which ended earlier this week, when Suzuki announced an agreement to end participation in the World Championship in 2022. In addition to leaving MotoGP, the Japanese are also leaving. FIM (Federation of International Motorcycle) World Endurance Championship.

Unlike what happened before, now Suzuki does not even speak in response. The Japanese are on their way out and haven’t made any promises to one day look at MotoGP again. But you know what else is different? How they leave.

Álvaro Bautista, who was a Suzuki rider when the brand ended its participation in the World Championship in 2011, admitted that he was surprised, but assessed that it was good that, at least, the riders communicated in advance. At that time, the Spaniard only managed to take his place professionally after the death of Marco Simoncelli, who ended up opening a position in Gresini.

“Fortunately, they informed the drivers that they were leaving, because they only told me at the end of the season, so I didn’t have time to react to find another place”, commented Álvaro in an interview with the British website Crash. the net. “So it’s a mixed bag, I wonder, but at the same time, they’ve done it in the past,” he continued.

This time, however, Mir and Rins had time to react. Álex has already stated that he will go to LCR Honda instead of Álex Márquez, who closed with Gresini Ducati, while Joan is the most quoted for the position of Pol Espargaró in the official Honda team. No official announcement, however, was made.

For mechanics and other workers, replacement is more difficult. Rins, for example, has already said that LCR did not allow him to bring anyone to the team. Livio Suppo, the boss of Suzuki, has promised to help the current staff in finding new jobs, but with no team in sight to fill the vacancy, it is certain that the number of jobs in the MotoGP paddock will decrease.

In a year in which the GSX-RR had taken a step forward in terms of performance, Suzuki threw its competition into the air with the announcement of its departure – as the performance of the Rins and Mir was immediately shaken – and it comes to an end this article. more in a sad way.

Mir’s head will always be a good memory. A major achievement for a job well done, expertly executed under the baton of Davide Brivio, albeit on a reduced budget, especially compared to the competition. But the way he exits the championship shows how little – if any – Suzuki offers to MotoGP. Why, if the championship can be thrown away so easily, it shouldn’t be worth that much to the house of Hamamatsu, right?!

This most recent chapter in Suzuki’s history in MotoGP deserved a great ending, more than a map of five wins, one pole and 36 podiums so far.

MotoGP is now on holiday and will only return to action on August 7th, with the British GP at Silverstone. O BIG PRIZES accompanies all the activities of the 2022 Motorcycle World Championship.


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