Suzuki quitting MotoGP?

Team could look to 2014 return after axing MotoGP team

Posted: 14 November 2011
by Visordown News

SUZUKI look very likely to axe their MotoGP project after missing Friday's deadline to commit to the championship for 2012.

According to GPWeek an email from Rizla Suzuki team boss Paul Denning to fellow team members informed them that they would not be taking part in the premier class series next year. In the email Denning said there is hope that the manufacturer will return to racing in 2014, with the manufacturer continuing development on their 1000cc prototype.

No official announcement has been made by the factory but Suzuki's lack of commitment towards continuing in the series has been visible, with no 1000cc bike brought to the tests at Valencia last week and Alvaro Bautista leaving the squad for 2012. The fact they missed Friday's deadline is the final nail in the coffin.

Suzuki are rumoured to have two engine configurations for the bike, a V4 like the current GSV-R and an inline-four - which the Japanese manufacturer may use in another project.

Randy de Puniet tested for Rizla Suzuki last week at Valencia, setting competitive times on the GSV-R800 against the 1000cc bikes that will be raced in 2012. The Frenchman had hoped for a ride with the team and now may be off to World Superbikes with a limited number of places left in MotoGP.

A CRT ride could be de Puniet's last chance to stay in the premier series next year, but the 30-year-old admitted to having no desire to riding on one of the production-based prototypes.

Paul Denning was unavailable for comment.



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Has this actually been formailsed yet?

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 09:28

randy has no desire to race a production based machine but yet hes apparently going to world supers?

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 10:06

Hmmmmmmmmm, I get the feeling he'll go wherever he can get a decent ride...or at least he should do, if he knows what's good for him..

Paul Denning seems to be working overtime to try to get something to happen for the GP team.

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 11:41

production based PROTOTYPES

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 14:10

Another result of the insane high prices involved in GP now. Not even a major factory can afford to do it anymore. Unbelievable that Suzuki of all people won't be there.

Posted: 14/11/2011 at 22:41

Has it actually been announced then that they are deffo NOT going to be on the grid? I am taking it that this will mean that Hopkins will be going to the Crescent WSBK team then? Which, in my very limited opinion, can only be a good thing. (Provided his hand finally gets sorted out).

RdP is in a bit of bother then by the sounds of it...

Posted: 15/11/2011 at 09:53

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