keith huewen: suzuki need to pay huge penalty for motogp ‘sexit’


the bombshell news of suzuki’s purpose to depart motogp on the cease of 2022 unsurprisingly leads this week’s crash.net motogp podcast offering keith huewen.

despite the fact that an official statement continues to be to be made by means of suzuki, shocked crew members have been informed of the manufacturing unit’s exit plans at closing week’s jerez take a look at.

in reaction to the ‘rumours’, dorna then issued a assertion reminding suzuki that it is able to’t just go away motogp unilaterally, that means an settlement could need to be reached over the last four years of its modern-day five-yr motogp settlement.
“my preliminary thoughts have been, if i used to be within the suzuki team i’d were nicely and in reality pee’d off,” said former british champion and grand prix rider huewen. “no one had a clue this became coming and you may only blame the board again in japan.

“they’ve made this choice. it is able to simplest be financial. my idea is that suzuki have had a kneejerk response to sales and – regardless of the fact they’re so successful on the racetrack – they’ve yanked the rug.
“on a human level, it’s an absolute disaster for the group. on a professional degree, it’s very almost as terrible and it’s devastating from a race fan’s factor of view.

“even as it’s a catastrophe of suzuki’s making, it would grow to be fiscally an appropriate component to do, given the state of affairs with the sector marketplace associated with the war in ukraine. i’m able to see 2023 as a clumsy year where all and sundry goes to be reeling back from greater fees.

“maybe suzuki have looked at their books a bit bit more difficult and have seen there isn’t that correlation among grand prix racing and their avenue motorcycle income and feature decided to leap early.”
‘we’ve got had brexit, now we’ve were given sexit’
although, huewen is certain suzuki can pay a excessive price for taking walks away after just 365 days of their gift five-yr motogp contract, in part to dissuade different producers from doing the equal.

“you may be sure there’s a rock-strong contract [between dorna and suzuki], however it’s now not in everybody’s hobby to have a war over a agreement.

“that stated, suzuki will have to pay a few kind of repayment and that i suppose they need to pay a huge penalty. i think dorna have to enforce that, hard.

“due to the fact you don’t yank the carpet out having just signed a 5-year cope with dorna. does the left hand at suzuki no longer know what the right hand is doing?
“there may be a parallel in all of this. we’ve had brexit, the united kingdom leaving the ecu union. and now we’ve were given ‘sexit’, suzuki leaving motogp!

“they’ll must make it hard on suzuki or anybody will want to depart at a few level, or rearrange their contracts. so sexit it is.”

huewen, crash.internet motogp editor pete mclaren and podcast host harry benjamin additionally talk what the information means for suzuki’s cutting-edge riders joan mir and alex rins, before interest turns to a evaluation of the jerez take a look at itself and this weekend’s upcoming french motogp.

one in every of keith’s colorful le mans anecdotes ends with the revelation “i’ve never seen such a lot of willies putting over the walkway as they wee’d on his vehicle…!”

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