The news of the farewell to MotoGP at the end of 2022 emerged on Monday, Dorna’s reply arrived on Tuesday but there has not yet been an official communication from the Japanese manufacturer confirming the farewell or explaining the reasons for this choice, which arrived only a few months after the signing of a five-year renewal. A hypothesis from Germany
May 5, 2022
No.el paddock is there a heavy silence. Is that of Suzuki. Monday afternoon Oriol Puigdemont on motorsport.com gave the news of the Japanese manufacturer’s farewell to the world championship at the end of 2022. A farewell that he left all of stone since these days the team manager Livio Suppo he was expecting communication from Japan of the budget to make the market for pilots. On the contrary, quite the opposite even if, let us remember, it is still missing Suzuki’s official pronunciation.
The next day, Tuesday, Dorna has issued a statement in which he remarked that, contract in hand (renewed in November 2021 and valid for 5 years), Suzuki cannot leave MotoGP unilaterally. It is quite possible that in the agreement there are clauses and economic conditions that protect the two parties from a sudden termination, such as the one that Suzuki seems to be forced to do.
Why is Suzuki leaving?
S.so many the lack of official communications on the farewell it is normal that the reasons for these abandonment from competitions are also missing. Obviously there are at the base economic problems.
There has been talk of conjunctures concerning the ongoing war, the post-pandemic crisis of Covid-19 but also the fact that Suzuki, unlike Honda, Yamaha and Ducati, does not have a main sponsor that contributes to the seasonal costs that would be around. to 30 million euros. A fact has been reported from Germany that may have prompted the Japanese house to take this drastic decision.
Uhypothesis from Germany. Suzuki is involved in an investigation concerning the diesel emissions as confirmed by Eurojust, the EU judicial cooperation unit, which assists the authorities of Germany, Italy and Hungary in the operation. The accusation would be that of fraud and would concern vehicles registered with devices manipulated on the exhaust gases to regulate emissions. If the investigation is founded, there could be heavy penalties to pay.
The farewell to MotoGP and the dieselgate scandal have been correlated by the German newspaper Speedweek. According to what was reported by the German media, the president of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Hiroshi Tsuda, would have liked to continue the adventure in MotoGP but would have been stopped by the board of directors.
It is possible that they have apparently been running for two days discussions and close negotiations between Suzuki and Dorna to evaluate the exit on the basis of the agreements signed a few months ago. Of course, it makes us think that a house like Suzuki signs a 5-year agreement and not even six months later retraces its steps. The silence surrounding this practically official decision also makes us reflect.
Meanwhile Joan Mir and Alex Rins they are looking for a new saddle. Probably the 2020 world champion will go to Honda HRC, as a partner of Marc Marquez. To define the position of Alex Rins as well as of about 50 people who work for the Suzuki team.