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On Monday Autosport broke the bombshell news that Suzuki will quit MotoGP at the end of the season in a decision it only communicated to the race team on the same day during the post-race test at Jerez.

An official announcement was expected on Tuesday, but did not materialise.

Instead, Dorna Sports – MotoGP owners – issued its own statement saying Suzuki could not decide to quit the series on its own as it is bound to a contract through to the end of 2026 along with the rest of the manufacturers.

Dorna also noted that it had “high levels of interest” from independent teams and official factories about joining the grid if the opportunity arose.

Leopard – Moto3 title winners with Danny Kent in 2015, Joan Mir in 2017 and Lorenzo Dalla Porta in 2019 – has been keen to join the MotoGP grid in the past, and once again reiterated that desire to Autosport on Thursday during a private Moto3 and Moto2 test in Barcelona.

“We will see how the situation evolves, there is a contract involved and I don't think Suzuki can leave just like that because it has a signed contract until 2026,” Leopard boss Christian Lundberg said.

“We'll see, but if a seat is freed up and God willing, they [Dorna] give it to us, we'll be very happy.

"The whole paddock knows that we are absolutely interested and that we would try to take that step, but there's still a long way to go before it can happen.”

If Leopard does get the nod to step up to MotoGP, Lundberg says it will be in partnership with Aprilia.

“I think the only option would be to do it with Aprilia because, in my opinion, Dorna has to reward in one way or another the only constructor on the grid that only has two bikes, and today all the bikes are very competitive,” he added.

“So, it would be very good for us to work with Aprilia, plus we are a half-Italian team and it would be easier than working with the Japanese, I think it would be the best option.”

During the Spanish GP weekend, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola told Autosport that it was open to fielding a satellite team if the right offer came along.





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After 2022 I don’t think we will ever see Suzuki in MotoGP again. Unless some BIG changes occur there I don’t see the motorcycle division surviving or at the very least existing as a top tier manufacturer in the future.



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It’s pretty hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel for Suzuki. It’s even harder to be a Suzuki fan and believe in them going forward. This article and interview with Alex Rins shows how to handle devastating news with grace. I like that he can still find some humor in the face of awful news. It’s hard to disagree with Alex at the end there.


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After a lukewarm statement from Suzuki, in which he confirms the bomb that jumped ten days ago, that will leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of this season, For economic reasons and despite having to pay Dorna the exit clause, because in April 2021 he signed his renewal until 2026, the turn has come for his pilots to pronounce themselves. Joan Mir and Álex Rin have spoken at the Le Mans circuit, where the French GP will be held this weekend. They are very annoyed with the fear of the World Cup in their factory, the same thing they do not understand, they are very worried about the future of the 50 people who make up their team, despite everything they believe that this can be a motivation to fight for the World Cup (they lead the teams) and they see each other again in the market when they were very close to closing their renewals with Suzuki.

The first to speak was Rins. “Livio (Suppo, the team manager) and Sahara (Suzuki’s head of racing) caught me at the Jerez test, took me to the office and told me about it. It was super hard. I was crying, because I’ve given everything by this team since 2017, giving information to develop a winning bike. And the whole team has given it completely. It was a shock to everyone. Is not easy. In the end I think I can find something for next year, but for them it’s a bit more difficult. And they are like family to me. We have to try to finish the season in the best way. This will be my last weekend with Suzuki at Le Mans, so you have to try to enjoy it, because next year he will be here with another bike”, explained the Catalan about the way in which he met the bomb. And if he understood it He said, “Whether I understand it or not doesn’t matter. We are fighting for the World Cup, we are first in the team classification, so it is very difficult to understand. It is a decision made from the top at Suzuki, and it is what it is.”

On the consequences that this downturn can have in a World Cup in which he is fourth, just 20 points from the head, he believes that this can give him “an extra boost. We have a bike that is the best we have ever had at Suzuki, so we are going to try to show them that they have made the wrong decision. This has come very fast. If they had told me at the beginning of the year, we would not have started negotiating with Suzuki. Having started so well makes what is happening harder, but the decision is what it is and you have to respect it.”

On the new scenario in which the pilot market is now managed, Álex believes that “it is clear that the pilot market has changed. Joan and I are left out, and we have to go somewhere. I don’t want anything bad for another rider, nor for a team to get someone off their bike to get on me… But it’s the only way. It’s very hard that they’ve made the decision. As a rider I have to keep doing what I do every weekend. It seems difficult, but we gives extra motivation The days after the Jerez test were the most complicated, but now there are two paths: either you take the downhill or you continue uphill. You have to take the good one.”

Rins does not lack a sense of humor at a time like this: “When they told us, I personally broke down, I started to cry. In the end it is the feeling you have towards Suzuki. You have been fighting since 2017 giving everything to have a motorcycle competitive, and they pick up and tell you that next year will not continue… The truth is that it has been hard, very hard. Honestly, I do not share the decision, but it is what it is and we have to respect it. In the end, we have to continue doing What we’re doing. Right now on the table I have nothing but the phone, I have nothing else. (Series). My manager will take care of it, he’ll have work to do over the next few weeks, and that’s it”. The truth is that it would be very nice for us to go to the Valencia gala to collect the drivers’ or teams’ title and see the poor Japanese there collecting it… I wouldn’t change anything, the decision has been made and it is what it is. If you tell me if I would stay with Suzuki if they change their minds or not… Wow, I don’t know. The unease of knowing that maybe two years from now they announce again that they are closing would influence me.”


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The series has a problem, a la the 800’s, processional racing. It seems that the winglets are the leading culprit then the ride height devices. We are bordering on the 800’s again. I’d like to see them ban winglets, ride height devices, and even launch control. Let the riders do teh work.



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The first lap was wild but overall it wasn’t a great race unless you’re a Ducati fan. Aprilia in the hands of Aleix is continuing their run of great finishes. Hopefully Aleix’s teammate will begin to do the same.

Maverick responded to a damn social media troll post so clearly the guy’s confidence is not anywhere near where it needs to be. If he doesn’t find a way to shape up he might find himself without a ride in 2023. Frown He did managed to salvage things after being in dead last but 10th place when your team mate is bagging podiums is not acceptable.


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