Suzuki will stop racing “temporarily”

“Abolition of MotoGP??,” you ask.

“But didn’t Suzuki already withdraw from WorldSBK??”

Yes, 100%; and the brand’s struggle in motorcycle sales could set them back even further before the end of the year.

Being the smallest and most conservative race team, Suzuki simply didn’t have the funds (or resources) to assemble more than one team for the circuit.

Now a report of Planet SuperBike tells us that the deletion is largely due to the manufacturer’s financial situation, reduced by a decline in bicycle sales that has been going on for some time.

“…they just can’t afford to race,” shrugs the report.

A view of the Suzuki racing team ready for the 2022 iteration of MotoGP

“Since the global recession hit and sales plummeted, Suzuki has struggled to pay for anything that doesn’t result in motorcycle sales.”

“Suzuki’s precarious financial situation has affected all departments of the manufacturer over the past five years.”

A view of Suzuki's Gixxer range

The situation has become so strict that the report even details the story of a Suzuki rider and brand ambassador (they remain anonymous for privacy reasons), who was invited to a PR event in Japan last year. last “in the name of the manufacturer”.

“He told them he was more than willing to do the event but wanted to mention that he had not been reimbursed for his expenses from the last two trips he made on behalf of the manufacturer in Japan. “, continues the report.

A view of Suzuki's Gixxer range

“He added that he wasn’t crazy to sponsor another trip to Japan if reimbursement was to be governed by a sundial.”

“Suzuki said they would find a solution and call him back. Last time I spoke to him, they hadn’t called him back or refunded him.

A view of the Suzuki racing team ready for the 2022 iteration of MotoGP

Suzuki’s successes in the past were largely due to the GSX-R, almost every unit of which was sold until 2008. Since then, sales of the gixxer lineup have been steadily declining, exacerbated by the discontinuation by other brands competing with the GSX-r. (R6 from Yammie and Kawi ZX-6R) with the aim of building new toys with better technology (R7 from Yammie, Tuono and RS660 from Aprilia).

A view of Yamaha's R6 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R

In short, the money from Suzuki’s bike sales that would have fueled the brand’s racing budget is now crumbs compared to what it used to be. SuperbikePlanet points to a dizzying 15% drop in motorcycle sales for Suzuki’s 2021 fiscal year alone – another 10% drop is noted for 2020 before that, with no mention of motorcycles in the report’s ‘Medium Term Management Plan’ Suzuki Annual.

Stay tuned for updates; the call for an end to racing for Suzuki (at least for MotoGP) has been described as ‘temporary’ so it’s also possible that Suzuki will use the previous MotoGP budget to do something else – hopefully a big flip -face, but we are not yet aware of this information.

What do you think is in store for Suzuki? Drop a comment to let us know what you think, and as always, stay safe on the bends.

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