In the statement, Dorna reiterates that Suzuki has signed to stay in MotoGP (until 2026), having joined the other five manufacturers in agreeing to a new five-year term at the start of last season.
However, the commercial rights holder acknowledges that Suzuki could still leave sooner “following an agreement between the two parties”.
Dorna adds that she continues to receive “a high level of interest” from official factories and independent teams looking to join the MotoGP grid:
“Following recent rumors of Suzuki leaving MotoGP at the end of 2022, Dorna Sports has officially contacted the factory to remind them that the conditions of their contract to race in MotoGP do not allow them to make this decision unilaterally.
“However, should Suzuki leave following an agreement between the two parties, Dorna will decide on the ideal number of riders and teams to race in the MotoGP class from 2023.
“Dorna continues to receive a high level of interest from a number of official factories and independent teams looking to join the MotoGP grid as the sport continues to set a global example of close competition, d innovation and entertainment, reaching hundreds of millions of fans around the world.
“Interest from these parties has been reconfirmed over the past 24 hours.”
Suzuki team members were reportedly told of the factory’s shock decision to quit, believed to be for financial reasons, during post-race testing in Jerez on Monday.
The last time an official manufacturer left MotoGP was when Suzuki previously retired from the sport, from 2012 to 2014. This was dubbed a “temporary suspension”, for financial reasons, and coincided with completion of the MSMA contract with Dorna.
Suzuki returned to MotoGP in 2015, with Maverick Vinales then handing the new GSX-RR its maiden victory in 2017. This was followed by further victories for Vinales’ replacement Alex Rins before another young star Spanish, Joan Mir, does not win the world championship in 2020.
Although unable to win a race last season, Mir and Suzuki still finished third overall behind Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati). Rins and Mir are currently fourth and sixth respectively in the early 2022 standings.
An official statement from Suzuki Motor Corporation has yet to be made.