Suzuki scales back effort
9 November 2010 – Suzuki has announced that it will reduce its involvement in MotoGP next season and will only run a single rider, with Alvaro Bautista, who joined the squad this year, staying on to pilot the GSV-R. Bautista’s former team-mate Loris Capirossi meanwhile will race for Pramac Ducati in 2011, a deal confirmed at the end of last month.
“Suzuki Motor Corporation wishes to thank all customers and race fans who supported the Suzuki MotoGP Team in 2010,” read an official statement.
“With the experience and knowledge gained in 2010 the Suzuki MotoGP Team will move forward with great passion and effort in search of glory in 2011.
“The Suzuki MotoGP Team will participate in 2011 with a single rider, Alvaro Bautista. Alvaro joined the team in 2010 and made good progress with GSV-R, the Suzuki Grand Prix machine, improving his results throughout the season.
“Suzuki will continue to make the best use of the short time to the start of the 2011 MotoGP season to develop the GSV-R machine for this, the pinnacle class of motorcycle racing, and we thank all Suzuki customers and race fans for their continued support.”
Title sponsor Rizla has yet to confirm if it will remain with the Suzuki MotoGP team next season.