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Suzuki recently announced its exit from MotoGP after the 2022 season. This was a big enough heartbreak for fans of the sport and specifically for fans of the Japanese team. However, the brand has now announced something that is even more heartbreaking. Some of its MotoGP Motorcycles will be crushed according to Suzuki's MotoGP boss Livio Suppo.
MotoGP is the pinnacle of two-wheeled racing and the machines used in the sport are among the fastest on earth. They carry unbelievable speeds through the corners. On the straights of some of the circuits, these motorcycles cross 350km/h. Suzuki's MotoGP motorcycle is one of the best on the circuit.
At the Qatar GP earlier this year, Suzuki rider Joan Mir clocked a top speed of 354.8km/h on the start/finish straight on the Suzuki GSX-RR. Suzuki still has quite a competitive team and motorcycle. In fact, the last race of the 2022 season was won by Alex Rins on his Suzuki GSX-RR.
Despite having such a competitive team, Suzuki has withdrawn from MotoGP. Now, Suzuki team boss Livio Suppo has revealed that some of the MotoGP motorcycles used by the team will be crushed. This certainly is news that will make MotoGP fans wince and cry in pain. However, the reason for this drastic step is to avoid paying taxes.
According to Japanese regulations, taxes will have to be paid on motorcycles that are in existence irrespective of whether they are just used as a display or whether they are used to race. Having lots of motorcycles to pay taxes on while they aren't being used for their intended purpose is something that doesn't look very convincing for Suzuki management which has just pulled out of racing.
However, not all MotoGP motorcycles will be destroyed. Some of them will be saved and kept on display at Suzuki's headquarters and at the Suzuki History Museum in Hamamatsu, Japan. Some of the Suzuki MotoGP motorcycles will also be bought by their riders.
Alex Rins, who took the victory at the final round of 2022 has asked for his race-winning motorcycle. Reports quote him as saying, "I have asked for it, but they already told me that this is paid. If I have the opportunity, I will buy it.
Thoughts On Suzuki MotoGP Motorcycles Being Crushed After Team's MotoGP Exit
Suzuki is no stranger to the world of racing. The Japanese brand's MotoGP team won the world championship as recently as 2020. Two years later, the team has pulled out of not just MotoGP but also from endurance racing. Now, the fate of some of Suzuki's MotoGP motorcycles is left to the crusher. This certainly is heart-wrenching for motorcyclists. However, nothing can be done about it. Not unless the top management of Suzuki changes their mind.