So how much money will Suzuki be saving by leaving MotoGP?
First off, we have to carry over the exact wording of the statement; that Suzuki in fact considers this exit ‘temporary,’ calling to mind a similar ‘temporary suspension’ of its MotoGP activities from 2012-2014 due to fallout from the financial crisis (source: Crash.net).
We don’t know how much the brand saved with its previous team suspension – but it worked for Suzuki before, so we hope they’ll be back soon (if Dorna lets them leave).
In the meantime, we have some figures – thanks to Motorcycle Sports – that give us a rough estimate of the millions Suzuki will be saving in bowing out of the World Championship.
First, we have the payment that Suzuki would have received by being a part of the Grand Prix series:
“…each manufacturer that does not have a satellite team receives at the end of the season a sum of €500,000 (£424,011 or $526215 in direct conversion); those with a satellite team receive a figure of two million euros (£1,695,400 / $2,105,210 USD) annually.”
“…for the next five years that figure would rise relatively as up to 22 Grand Prix races are scheduled to take place.”
Next, we factor in the approximate budget of racing top-spec machines per annum – ~30 to 40 million euros (£25,421,060 to £33,900,600 / $31,583,700 to $42,099,200 USD).
This means that “Suzuki will save around 120 to 160 million euros (£101,717,200 to £135,622,934 / $126,335,640 to $168,447,520 USD) if that budget were to remain stable until the end of 2026.”
“Even if it is not known how heavy the penalty will be for not fulfilling a contract it signed about half a year ago, Suzuki should certainly allocate some of the amount saved to electric mobility projects,” the report continues.
We look forward to hearing more information on the penalty the brand will likely have to pay for bowing out of their contract early; at the very least, it will give us an idea of where the brand stands financially, to show the projected successes of their motorcycle lineup in future seasons.
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