a builder ready to return to the grid

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FIM president Jorge Viegas has launched a sensational indiscretion in recent days: MotoGP fans are already in turmoil.

MotoGP GP 2023
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According to the anticipation of the FIM president, Suzuki could soon return to MotoGP and bring the number of manufacturers involved in the premier class back to six. But will it be true?

Suzuki’s farewell to MotoGP

The MotoGP championship has lost a constructor since the 2023 season. The announcement of the farewell of Suzuki in the first part of last season it was a shock for all the insiders and fans, leaving the brands involved to five instead of the six present until last season. A few months before the announcement that came like a bolt from the blue, Suzuki had signed a five-year contract with Dorna to participate in the World Championship until 2026.

Alex Rins with Suzuki
Alex Rins with Suzuki – Motori.News

The early exit cost several million euros, owed in the form of a penalty. An irreversible move by the Hamamatsu manufacturer who preferred to invest the budget made available for the MotoGP in the automotive sector, which is undergoing an epochal turning point with the transition already underway towards electricity. Suzuki is not new to these departures from the scene and equally sensational returns and it cannot be ruled out that one day it may return. On the other hand it is BMW That Kawasaki they don’t seem at all interested in a landing in the world championship and will remain firmly anchored in WorldSBK.

The possible return of the House of Hamamatsu

The president of the FIM anticipated the times and gave this indiscretion Jorge Viegas during the Superbike event held in Assen last week. The MotoGP 2020 world champion team (with Joan Mir) could soon return to the premier class: “I had the opportunity to speak personally with Mr. Suzuki in Japan and he told me that they will invest all the available budget in the development of a new engine. I believe they will come back“said the president of the International Federation.

Obviously, the news should be taken with due caution. Some time ago Jorge Viegas had announced the transition of the team VR46 to Yamaha, although the team of Valentino Rossi she is linked to Ducati with a contract until the end of 2024. Then her rumors were denied both by the Tavullia group and by Ducati. Perhaps this is more a hope than a well-founded indiscretion, but Viegas points out that MotoGP has an indisputable advertising return for a motorcycle manufacturer: “You can’t sell motorcycles if they don’t participate in any competition“.