Official Statement – Suzuki confirm intention to withdraw from MotoGP

Suzuki out of MotoGP

The Jerez MotoGP Test also set the scene for a fresh wave of rumours that strongly suggest Suzuki are expected to pull out of MotoGP Racing at the end of this season. A decision has apparently been made strictly for financial reasons by the senior management bean-counters back at Hamamatsu. These rumours were officially confirmed by this statement issued Thursday evening.


Suzuki Statement

Suzuki Motor Corporation is in discussions with Dorna regarding the possibility of ending its participation in MotoGP at the end of 2022.

Unfortunately, the current economical situation and the need to concentrate its effort on the big changes that the Automotive world is facing in these years, are forcing Suzuki to shift costs and human resources to develop new technologies.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our Suzuki Ecstar Team, to all those who have supported Suzuki’s motorcycle racing activities for many years and to all Suzuki fans who have given us their enthusiastic support.


It was Golden Week in Japan, a collection of four national holidays within seven days that is one of the primary holiday seasons for the Japanese people, thus it would perhaps seem a strange time for the news to break but it does appear to be true. This might have been the Japanese version of dropping bad news late on a Friday afternoon scenario…

Only a couple of weeks ago Suzuki celebrated their 500th podium in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.

In 2020 Suzuki Motor Corporation marked its 100th anniversary and 60 years in racing, the same year that Joan Mir dominated the top class and took the MotoGP crown. And now, two years later, another important moment is marked in Suzuki’s history books.

The story started on June 4th 1962 when Ernst Degner took the brand’s first podium, riding the RM62 in the 50cc class at the Isle of Man (which in those times was a World Championship round).

Just three years later the Hamamatsu factory hit 100 podiums in Finland with Hugh Anderson and, fittingly, the 200th podium was taken by a Finn; Teuvo ‘Tepi’ Lansivuori in 1975.

In the next decade Italy’s Marco Lucchinelli made it 300, and in 1993 it was Kevin Schwantz who secured Suzuki’s 400th podium.

Suzuki Wins & Podiums
Total Wins 160
50 cc 30
125 cc 35
500/MotoGP 95
Total Podiums 500
50 cc 84
125 cc 93
250 cc 7
500/MotoGP 315

In between these major milestones, a number of very talented riders and champions have added to the tally; the likes of Barry Sheene, Randy Mamola, Kenny Roberts Jnr along with our own Daryl Beattie and Chris Vermeulen.

Suzuki’s most successful class in terms of podiums is 500cc/ MotoGP, 316 in total, and the rider with the most podiums for the brand is Kevin Schwantz – a brilliant 51 rostrums for the American on the RGV500.

Schwantz was present in Austin to witness Alex Rins taking the 500th podium, and he was joined by other former Suzuki podium-sitters; Randy Mamola, Maverick Viñales, Franco Uncini and John Hopkins as they all toasted the success together with Team Suzuki Ecstar.

Some Suzuki greats joined Rins and Mir to celebrate the 500th podium, including Kevin Schwantz, Randy Mamola, Maverick Viñales, Franco Uncini and John Hopkins. Only a few weeks later Suzuki announced their pending withdrawal from MotoGP competition…

In recent years, Joan Mir and Alex Rins have been star performers for Suzuki on their GSX-RR machines, taking a total of 28 podiums between them.

Suzuki riders with most wins
Rider 500/MotoGP 125 50
Kevin Schwantz 25
Hugh Anderson 17 8
Barry Sheene 18 3
Ernst Degner 3 7
Kenny Roberts 8
Alex Rins 3
Daryl Beattie 2
Chris Vermeulen 1
Joan Mir 1
Suzuki riders with most podiums
Rider 500/MotoGP 125 50 Total
Kevin Schwantz 51 51
Hugh Anderson 25 22 47
Barry Sheene 31 10 41
Ernst Degner 8 15th 23
Randy Mamola 21 21
Kenny Roberts 20 20
Hans-Georg Anscheidt 4 14 18
Marco Lucchinelli 17 17
Alex Rins 15th 15th
Joan Mir 13 13
Daryl Beattie 9 9
Chris Vermeulen 7 7
Suzuki podium milestones
Pod. Number Rider Cat. Location Date
1 Ernst Degner 50 cc IoM June 4, 1962
100 Hugh Anderson 125 cc Finland Aug 22, 1965
200 Teuvo Lansivuori 500 cc W Germany May 11, 1975
300 Marci Lucchinelli 500 cc Spain May 18, 1980
400 Kevin Schwantz 500 cc Spain May 2, 1993
500 Alex Rins MotoGP America April 10, 2022
Team Suzuki Ecstar and Suzuki Motor Corporation celebrated in style after Alex Rins clinched the factory's 500th podium across classes with his second place at the Circuit of the Americas.  Only a couple of weeks later Suzuki announced their withdrawal from MotoGP competition at the end of season 2022
Team Suzuki Ecstar and Suzuki Motor Corporation celebrated in style after Alex Rins clinched the factory’s 500th podium across classes with his second place at the Circuit of the Americas. Only a couple of weeks later Suzuki announced their withdrawal from MotoGP competition at the end of season 2022

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