Former world champions Suzuki Suzuki need to depart MotoGP on the finish of this yr and are in talks with promoters Dorna about the potential for doing so, the Japanese producer stated on Thursday.
Suzuki stated in an announcement forward of the French Grand Prix that the transfer was for monetary causes and it was additionally contemplating ending different racing actions.
“Unfortunately, the current economic situation and the need to concentrate its effort on the big changes that the automotive world is facing in these years, are forcing Suzuki to drastically decrease racing-related costs,” it stated.
Suzuki added that it needed “to use all its economical and human resources in developing new technologies”.
Dorna stated final week it had contacted Suzuki to remind the producer that it couldn’t take a unilateral resolution beneath the phrases of the contract with MotoGP.
Suzuki Motor Corporation solely final yr renewed its involvement within the MotoGP championship in a deal working till the 2026 season.
The producer has stop MotoGP earlier than, leaving the premier class after the 2011 season on account of financial recession and a stronger Japanese yen. It made a full return in 2015.
The manufacturing unit staff gained each championships in 2020 when Spaniard Joan Mir gained his maiden title in a season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suzuki additionally gained a number of championships within the prime class over the a long time because the Seventies with Britain’s Barry Sheene, Italians Marco Lucchinelli and Franco Uncini and Americans Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr.
Team chief Davide Brivio left earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season to hitch the Alpine Formula One staff as their racing director.
Suzuki undertaking chief Shinichi Sahara stated on the time that Brivio’s departure was “shocking news” and a serious blow to the Japanese producer.
Suzuki’s proposed departure leaves the way forward for present riders Mir and compatriot Alex Rins unsure.