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GP Week : Issue 143
16 SUZUKI has officially confirmed that the factory team is out of MotoGP, with a tentative plan to return in 2014, as exclusively revealed in the last edition of GPWEEK. The announcement came in an official statement, saying the corporation was to “suspend temporarily its participation in FIM Road Racing Grand Prix MotoGP from 2012.” This was “to cope with tough circumstances mainly caused by the prolonged recession in developed countries, a historical appreciation of Japanese Yen and repeated natural disasters.” The statement continued: “Having an eye to returning to MotoGP in 2014, Suzuki will now focus on developing a competitive new racing machine for that class.” The company would continue in motocross, and in homologating development racing kit parts for “road racing activities using mass-produced motorcycles.” Team manager Paul Denning expressed disappointment at the confirmation, and at the dissolution of the team. He would absorb as many as possible into his new Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team for next year, he said. The release did not mention the other news of the week from the Japanese company, demanding dissolution of the partnership agreement, and arrangement for return of the 19.89 percentage stake that VW had acquired when the agreement began in 2009. Since then, another Suzuki statement revealed that VW had failed to give Suzuki access to the German group’s core technology, and that the companies had “differences ... in the understanding of ‘independence’...” (an important condition of the partnership agreement). “Suzuki cannot therefore establish a relationship of mutual trust which is the basis for collaboration between the two parties.” A “Notice of Breach” had been served on VW on October 14, and the deadline for remedial action had now passed, while repeated requests for “amicable discussion to terminate ... the relationship” had not been granted. The fight could prove expensive for both unhappy partners. Suzuki confirms MotoGP “suspension” VW row boils over in the same week