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In motocross circles Suzuki have officially stated that they are suspending all FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities from 2018.
Synonymous with world motocross, the guys in yellow have had plenty of world champions under their awnings.
And in fact, Stefan Everts, who won his first world title with Suzuki, has been their team manager in 2017.
While still continuing to produce their 450f and 250f bikes, and presumably keep factory representation in the USA, they want to focus on their core business functions and restructuring of their motorcycle business.
According to racerxonline.com the decision hasn’t come as a surprise, with rumours building for a while now.
They confirm that Suzuki will put their efforts into the US, as it’s their largest motocross market.
Withdrawing from world level competition is a big statement to make from Suzuki, so it will be interesting to see what comes of this down the line.
With Suzuki tapping out of MXGP and KTM rumoured to be doing the same in World Enduro, it definitely feels like there’s changes afoot in off road right now.
Here’s the official statement from Suzuki on the matter.…
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 23.
Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend the FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities from 2018.
Suzuki Motor Corporation, having reviewed its Motorcycle operations to focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business, concluded to suspend the MXGP activities from 2018.
Suzuki will continue to produce RM-Z250 and 450 series and support those customers the entire world.
Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities.
The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the Racing activities.