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Matthew Birt  says:

Suzuki confirms MotoGP withdrawal

Suzuki has officially announced it has withdrawn from the MotoGP world championship with immediate affect, ending months of speculation about the future of the Japanese factory squad. A short statement issued today said that the impact of the global economic crisis had been a major influence on Suzuki’s decision to suspend its MotoGP effort for 2012 and '13. The Hamamatsu factory though...

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Bootlegger

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Bootlegger says:

Inevitable

I can count their GP titles on one hand. Sheene was their standout racer and ultimately he ditched them for Akai Yamaha. They make a decent bike for the road. However,the retraction from GP is surely going to hurt their Superbike sales. Not that they give a hoot. Austerity is where its at. 'Cut off the branch to save the tree'.

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Ivebeenthehero

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"Repeated natural disasters"

 

Ha that is lawyer speak for Dorna you can't sue us now for pulling out. Quite right to.  

 

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Dice350

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Dice350 says:

Frustrating for fans.

Bautista and Denning's team had made such progress towards the end of the season. Suzuki's withdrawal is no surprise really. Lush bike though. Great on looks and sound. Another point of interest gone for MotoGP fans. Real bummer for De Puniet. He rode so well on the bike in testing and looked good as Bautista's replacement.

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ginganz13

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ginganz13 says:

So Called 'Capitalism'

The wealth aggregates to a minority & the diversity disapears - we've been sold a lie and its eating the most entertaining spectacles that have ever existed. More fool the suckers who support it. Moto GP is Dead.

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Vee4pilot

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Vee4pilot says:

Suzuki is being smart about it...

Now that they have a capable team for WSBK they will do the business on the world stage still at least.  As long as they're giving good support to the various other national race series, they'll get a better return on their investment than waste time and money in MotoGP.  I'm sure Suzuki fans don't want to see their brand riding around for 6th or 10th place......yawn.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

@Jeff44 you seem to have a faulty memory. The 500 strokers became such animals that for years there were only a handful of riders who could master them. So we had exactly the same situation with a handful or riders dominating that you are complaining about today. Inspite of that, however, the races were more exciting. Wven those top riders were totally on the edge all the time because the bikes were so vicious so we had two advantages. One you were watching the riders fight their bikes all the time and two there was always the chance of an upset. Remember the old gaurd of Lawson and Mamola at Hungaroring in 92? I preferred the 500s because they were so hard to ride. They need to get back to that situation with the litre bikes. Drop the traction control and any other rider aid you can think of. Make the things more raw and brutal and we'll get proper exciting racing again.

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N152er

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N152er says:

SUZUKI!

WAY OF LIFE!

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