MD was waiting for an official press release from Suzuki, which was expected yesterday, but Suzuki has decided to stop participating in MotoGP at the end of the season, according to reports from the entire motorcycle racing press. Why is there no official press release? Apparently Dorna reminded Suzuki of recently signing a contract to field a two-seater team for another five years in MotoGP. Leaving now without Dorna’s consent would be a breach of that agreement.
This doesn’t mean Suzuki won’t leave at the end of the year, but it leaves some possibilities open. Dorna has already shown that it is drawing attention from other manufacturers and satellite teams to take additional grid positions that will be available in MotoGP. This could be, for example, a GasGas branded team (GasGas shares common ownership with KTM and Husqvarna), or, in theory, a Kawasaki MotoGP team.
If the factory or satellite team takes over the two grid positions vacated by Suzuki, they may or may not employ the current Suzuki team rider Alex Rins and / or Joan Mir. Rinse and Mir are both free agents at the end of the year anyway, as their contract with Suzuki has expired.
No matter how this is done, if Suzuki leaves at the end of this year, it may pay damages for a breach of agreement with Dorna. This can happen in the form of at least partial funding for alternative teams.
Suzuki is reportedly leaving for economic reasons, but that’s clearly speculation at this point and is unlikely to be confirmed by the factory. MD pays attention to this story as it creates and publishes additional reports as needed.
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