According to the CEO of Dorna Carmelo Ezpeleta, Suzuki’s decision is final, and now the sides are discussing the terms of exit. According to the agreement between Suzuki and Dorna, the Japanese maker guarantees its participation in MotoGP till 2026. The company intends to leave Grand Prix in 2023.
Reasons for such decisions Japanese explain the need to focus on solving internal problems, caused by ongoing changes in the world in recent years. Even the fact that in 2020 the rider of the Suzuki factory team Joan Mir became – it does not matter how, but he did become – the world champion in MotoGP, is not a reason to continue participating in the series. And, by the way, a new contract between Suzuki and Dorna was signed very recently – in 2021. But then, apparently, everything was fine…
Dorna has not yet announced what the pool of teams will look like after Suzuki’s departure: will someone from newcomers replace the team or the number of teams will be reduced. It is known that the private Moto3 team Leopard has already officially announced its interest in participating in MotoGP.
And what will Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir do? At this point, it is known that they are already in talks with Honda. Repsol Honda team manager Alberto Puig confirmed that the two Spanish riders have discussed possible joint prospects with Honda, but Honda has not made a decision at this time.