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Suzuki to leave MotoGP at end of 2022 season

Having confirmed their wish to leave before the expiry of their contract in 2026, Suzuki will bow out of MotoGP at the end of this year.

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 25: Francesco Bagnaia of Italy and Ducati Lenovo Team rides in front of Alex Rins of Spain and Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and Luca Marini of Italy and Mooney VR46 Racing Team David during the qualifying session of the MotoGP Motul TT Assen at TT Circuit Assen on June 25, 2022 in Assen, Netherlands. (Photo by Steve Wobser/Getty Images)
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Suzuki have confirmed they will depart MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season after reaching an early release agreement with promoters Dorna.

The Japanese manufacturer previously indicated their intent to seek a withdrawal from the sport, citing economic difficulties behind their decision.

Suzuki had been contracted to MotoGP through to 2026, having previously returned to the premier class in 2015 afterling quitting in 2011.

They have now been handed an early termination following negotiations, president Toshihiro Suzuki confirmed.

The company will also exit the World Endurance Championship - which includes the Le Mans 24 Hour race - at the end of the current campaign.

Last MotoGP title in 2020

Suzuki last won the MotoGP title in 2020, their first for 20 decades, with Spanish rider Joan Mir crowned champion.

They will support both Mir and his team-mate Alex Rins - eighth and ninth in the standings respectively until the end of the season, with the pair currently eighth and ninth in the standings respectively.