The future of Suzuki looking bleaker than ever?

Towards the end of the 2017 season, Suzuki announced that they were going to pull out of the MXGP World Championship and ever since they haven’t had a team in the paddock which is a big shame.

There had been hope that Suzuki would perhaps make a return to the paddock in 2020 or 2021 but COVID-19 made a return for them difficult.

Jeremy Seewer who had plenty of success with the brand, told us in 2019 he’d love to see Suzuki make a return, “I would love to see Suzuki back in the paddock. Not for myself but just for the sport, I mean more competition will bring more fans. More fans will bring more attention as well. I heard some rumours as well about them but as I know it for sure won’t be in 2020 because they have this kind of contract but I can’t focus on that. I have to put myself in a good position and I can’t wait on anybody to come back (laughs). I had a good time at Suzuki but we all know this is over and even if they do comeback, it’s maybe a different story. I put myself in a good spot now and then we will see what happens in the future”. 

Suzuki of course up until this point have had a big presence in the MotoGP paddock (they even won the title with Joan Mir in 2020) but we’ve heard bad news this week that they’re expected to be pulling out of MotoGP at the end of the current season.

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It’s a real shame and with this news there’s almost no way back for the brand to make a return to the MXGP paddock and Motocross world.

Perhaps, the only hope would be another manufacturer buys them over – we’ve seen examples of that recently with KTM buying ownership of Husqvarna and GasGas but it would require a very big budget.

It’s a real shame for the sport but with Beta recently entering the Motocross world and Fantic making a return hopefully there might be some other good news around the corner in the future even if Suzuki does leave a void in the Motocross world.

Article: Andy McKinstry

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