A diesel scandal, like that of VW, will drive the Japanese out of MotoGP. GasGas is the alternative instead.
La Dorna, organizer of MotoGP, asked Suzuki for an explanation on its possible exit from the championship at the end of the season, noting that it cannot “take a unilateral decision”. This means that, as the Japanese manufacturer’s contract runs until 2026, compensation will be involved. What should not prevent the exit, nor the existence of an alternative, coming from KTM.
The sudden and surprising departure, after the team expressed its interest in Miguel Oliveira, or started to negotiate the renewal with the pilots Joan Mir and Alex Rins, can have the explanation given yesterday by the Germans of “Speedweek”: Suzuki, which has never shown any particular interest in its MotoGP team, delivered to the Italians and the Spaniards, is the subject of an investigation by the Frankfurt prosecutor’s office for having sold “at least 22,000 diesel cars equipped with illegal traction control “, a “Dieselgate” case similar to that of Volkswagen. With a fine and big rewards at stake, saving in competition will be the easiest. An official team costs at least 30 million euros per year.
Dorna warned in the same statement that it has “interest from several factories and independent teams, which intend to enter MotoGP”. Since it is in the interests of the organizer to keep the current number of 24 riders, the most obvious solution will be at KTM, who have already put the option of moving to a third team, as they intend to fight for the title, keeping the riders – Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Remy Gardner and Raúl Fernández – and promoting some of those he has in Moto2 and Moto3.
As Dorna wants new manufacturers, even that is possible: KTM bought GasGas in 2019, the Spanish manufacturer has already won the Dakar this year and is making a name for itself in Moto2. The only thing missing is the jump to MotoGP.