Suzuki say goodbye to MotoGP

POSTED: 18/12/2022

The final flag for Suzuki at the MotoGP

With the last race of the 2022 MotoGP World Championships now coming to an end, Suzuki waved goodbye to the MotoGP. A huge part of their history, the brand built and raised its Suzuki GSX-RR amongst the other MotoGP championship rides of our time. The bike was phenomenal by all means and continued to progress in performance over the years but now the motorcycle manufacturer is coming away from the track.

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Suzuki on the MotoGP track
Suzuki on the MotoGP track

The final race

The final race of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season has ended, leaving Suzuki saying goodbye to not only the season but the championship as well. Finishing in style, Alex Rins led from the start to finish in Valencia GP, taking a rightfully earnt victory. Joan Mir displayed another spectacular performance and took a solid sixth place. The team as a whole over the years has achieved a huge amount of records, wins and championship points. The story of their racing career has been quite the adventure starting a decade ago with the very first prototype in 2012. Although not confirmed it is speculated that Suzuki is focusing their efforts on developing a motorcycle for the MotoE Championship but that's yet to be confirmed by official sources.

“Well, I managed to achieve exactly what I wanted: another win with my team. This one, being at home and being our last together, tastes extra special and it’s very emotional. Over the years Suzuki and I have celebrated some really beautiful victories, but also shared many beautiful moments as a family. I’ll miss everybody so much, and I’ll carry the lessons with me for the rest of my career.”

“I’m happy to take a pretty solid finish in my final race with Suzuki, especially after a tough few weeks. Winning a title with this team is something I’ll keep in my heart forever, we’ve worked relentlessly during all our years together, but in 2020 everything just came together for us and it was simply fantastic. Thank you to the whole team for their help.”

“Today Alex did a very impressive job, getting the holeshot and leading the whole race, thank you to him for this final victory, and also to Joan for a nice 6th place. Finally, thank you also to all the staff for their work during all the years. We have been a very good group of people, and we always tried hard to get the best results.”

“Victory today in Valencia! What a great reward for the team. I’m very proud of the staff, the riders, and the engineers in Japan – not only for today but for the whole season. We had a fighting spirit until the end, and we leave with a World Title and many victories and podiums.”

“What more could we ask for? The only thing better would have been a double podium. But Alex showed, once again, how competitive he and our bike are. And Joan did a great job. My time with Suzuki has been short but very sweet. Working with an iconic brand, with superb people, and a great bike has been a big pleasure for me, and I think we can bow out with our heads high.”

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