That's a very sad news and i wonder what consequences it will have on their sportbikes production for the market, knowing all the money that was invested in those prototypes , it was a source for discovering new parts and technologies that they may not discover and develop through Superbike seeing the much lower amounts of money injected on this level of competition .
I wonder if this is because they only won one championship title in 20 years although it happens not long after they son that first title in 20 years , what was encouraging .
I guess they are fed up to have injected so much money for so many years , for so few victories .
What i wonder is where the desire to stop Moto GP comes from , is it on the " Tech side " or some pressure from the shareholders ?
Well motorcycles in general have been in decline for a long time, and with it sport bikes. The public is not interested in sport bikes anymore, or at least not as interested as they once were. That with tightening emissions and sport bikes were already on the chopping block for a while. Their slow death began in the late 00s when the recession hit. Don't be surprised if the big four stop development and eventually production of R bikes altogether. Bikes as a whole dont sell like they have in the past, and sport bikes are a niche with in a niche. People I see buying bikes now either want the noise and aesthetics(cruisers) or function and utility over performance(tourers, standards, nakeds etc). So yeah, dont take Suzuki leaving Moto GP to mean anything, race replica bikes for the street were already going away.
Honestly, I just hope motorcycles of any kind are still a thing in the future.
a lot of that MGP tech will still trickle down but the sportbikes are pretty much at the end of their road anyways, they've eeked about all they can out of a N/A I4, Suzuki is just throwing money into a hole at this point, the ducaties get more aspiration so passing them in the straights is a losing proposition.. I don't blame them at all, a series ran, controlled, and manipulated by the spaniards and italians.. let em have it, mgp can become the "Ducati cup", Aprillias allowed...
hopefully Suzuki goes back to superbike, partners with Yosh, and does what they do best, win titles