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No word on Suzuki MotoGP plans

The final round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship doesn't bring news of whether Suzuki has already competed in its final race...
Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning says his team will be back on track during post-season testing at Valencia this week, but concedes there is still no word on whether the manufacturer will continue into 2012.

Suzuki's MotoGP future has been the subject of much speculation over the season, with Dorna said to be working hard behind the scenes in an effort to retain the Japanese manufacturer.

Latest speculation on GPOne.com had suggested that Suzuki has signed off a return in 2012 with a bike for its current rider Alvaro Bautista, while there are rumours that John Hopkins could embark on a part-season deal too.

However, though an announcement has been mooted for some weeks, Denning says he is yet to receive confirmation about Suzuki's future plans.

“Rizla Suzuki and Álvaro Bautista didn't achieve the results we could, or should, have done in the latter part of the season, but I hope we've shown a lot of fighting spirit and a huge amount of performance potential. I'd like to thank Álvaro and the whole team for their consistent professionalism and enthusiasm.

“We'll do some testing here at Valencia with the current bike on Tuesday and hope that we will be able to announce some positive news in the near future.”



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wolfie - Unregistered

November 06, 2011 5:18 PM

Bautista and Hopkins should stuff Suzuki and look elsewhere, if they do continue, they have themselves to blame to lose high profile riders, the riders deserve better than this from Suzuki. Suzuki is on the way out anyway.

billace - Unregistered

November 06, 2011 6:24 PM

I wish MotoGP would have considered an option in the rules to use 800cc machines, somewhere in the middle of the new rules and CRT. Give the 800cc bikes 22.5L of fuel, 8 engines and a chance to compete cost effectively. This could have attracted satellite teams and passed on the RCV 212 and M1's to satellite teams who could put them in the hands of rookie riders and give them good enough kit to show their talent. Throwing those bikes away just seems worthless to me.



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