MotoGP » Suzuki confirms single-bike MotoGP team


Suzuki officially confirms its plans to scale-back to a single MotoGP entry in 2011 with just Alvaro Bautista signed to ride the GSV-R

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Oli - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 12:58 PM

@ Sick Cylinder

I think they cannot 'withdraw' because they have a contract with Dorna. So they have to do like Kwaki did and run some kind of token effort.

I think we all hope they cutting back next year with a view to throwing the kitchen sink at building a really decent 2012 bike (with the new regs) rather than cutting back next year with a view to pulling out all together.

Oli

Oli

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 1:10 PM

I would rather see them withdraw, when they are legally allowed to do so (is that the end of 2011?) and get their marketing kudos from supplying superb engines to privateers than besmirch the Suzuki name which is what they have done for the last decade.

They won't have the budget to do well in 2012 and also they won't have the riders - so I can't see it happening.

Oli - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 1:14 PM

@ Sick Cylinder

They have a contract to run two bikes for 2011 and 2012, like Kwaki had a contract for a two bike team for 09 and 10. But Kwaki were able to do a deal with Dorna because it comes down to money - does it cost more to run a two man team or to break the contract and get sued?

What Suzuki have negotiated with Dorna is anyone's guess. I hope they will be back with lots of bikes on the grid in 2011.

Oli

patrick - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 3:56 PM

Suzuki's big boss (Osamu Suzuki) thinks racing is irrelevant. He even seems to be thinking that selling motorcycles isn't necessary to Suzuki.
I really don't see Suzuki putting any serious effort in MotoGP before Osamu dies...which will be in a short while, actually.

Dale - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 4:50 PM

Oli

From what I've heard you're right about 2011 being a token effort, but then with a non-factory effort in 2012. In fact rumour is there would be no new parts for the bike at all, which is why they can only run 1 next year anyway - using the parts they already have.
That's why Denning's plan to run a 2nd bike / rider with non-Suzuki budget wasnt approved.

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