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Matthew Birt  says:

Suzuki delays MotoGP return until 2015

Suzuki shocked the racing world today by confirming that it will not return to the MotoGP world championship as had been expected in 2014.The Japanese factory has delayed its return until 2015 at the earliest in an announcement made shortly before its new 1000cc machine made its first public appearance in Europe at the Catalunya track near Barcelona.When Suzuki suspended...

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bluehaze60

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bluehaze60 says:

Diceman23 , yes good point . But it's stil early enough for dorna to allow 4 more grid slots for next year,someone made a point about the whole suzuki project disappearing in 6 months. But why spend millions on developing a gp bike & then canning the project. The old 800 v4 wasn't that bad,, the results only disappeared when capirossi( well past his best) & Bautista (rookie) were in the team , before that vermulen & Hopkins were front runners most of the time.i still reckon that dorna are still pissed with Suzuki for pulling out in 2011. But dorna need to stop Making rule changes every year, & just leave things as they are, & close up all the loopholes.

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pauly58

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pauly58 says:

no return ever

I would be very surprised if Suzuki ever return. Dorna are putting more & more obstacles in their way. No free tyres, no money etc.

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

moving goalposts and no money in the kitty

Money for motorcycle racing comes from sales of motorcycles. Suzuki has been struggling with very poor sales figures throughout the world. In the USA the Suzuki car division has gone in to receivership and Suzuki japan had to buy back the rights to the motorcycle arm of suzuki USA. Suzuki's world wide motorcycle sales dropped 18.5% last year (kawasaki's motorcycle sales dropped by 32.3% last year but they have Kawasaki Heavy Industries to keep them a float wheras suzuki don't have other profitable arms keeping them in the cash). The strength of the yen isn't helping either.

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aaustin2911

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aaustin2911 says:

What about Cal?

One can only hope that Cal Crutchlow manages to pick up another ride??

Otherwise we lose a great rider for 2014 season.

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Well

I think we will see Rossi on a Suzuki in 2015 with his old boss in charge. Suzuki need money and that is the way to go imo. Better than retiring.

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thestig08

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thestig08 says:

nice one dorna

They made it as uninviting as possible for Suzuki , shame but good news for Hondas leasing plans no doubt

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RevNutz

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RevNutz says:

Who says

Yamaha are going to get rid of Crutchlow for next season, if he produces the sort of form he's already shown he may just scrape another year. If Yamaha choose Pol Espargaro, which if he continues winning looks quite likely, then Crutchlow always has Ducati to go to, but even that seems quite unlikely, with Scott Redding rumoured to be with Pramac Racing next year, which means Iannone must go the factory team or leave Ducati, or Spies must end his two-year contract with Ducati and go to Superbike... or retire. So it is actually a possibility that Crutchlow may be back in Superbike next year.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

no shock

maybe de puniet to many bills already in testing in japan! as for cal well i think how realxed he is already and barring his forst dnf of the season,i suspect he already has an offer sorted from yamah and smith and pol are the ones fighting for the the last m1 exven tho braley has a tech 3 contract he does not have a 2 year yamaha one so no rules state he can ride a yamaha powered crt?,i do think the next 2 rounds it will be out and cal will have some sort of factory support ride sorted for next year. he wont go back to wsbk,he is too classy for that now imo.

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Bullshrimp

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Bullshrimp says:

Perhaps Cal or Scott might have a chance of a satellite Honda ride for 2014? Shame Suzuki aren't returning next year, the series could really do with them.

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RevNutz

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RevNutz says:

Well

it's certainly not because their bike isn't competitive. Randy de Puniet was only +0.7 off Lorenzo in the Catalunya test earlier today with a 1:42.676, maybe a second off being really competitive. So the bike is good, very surprising to hear that their not going to come into GP in 2014.

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