It’s been rumoured for weeks and now it’s official. Suzuki has confirmed today that they have ended FIM World Motocross Championship participation.
The Japanese brand sent out a brief press release this morning to announce the news.
Suzuki say they will focus on the core business following a review.
They will still produce RM-Z450 and 250 machines and promise to continue to support its customers.
Although the press release thanks its sponsors and fans it fails to mention the riders or factory team.
This is a big blow for motocross legend Stefan Everts who had only taken over the factory team recently.
There’s no word on Everts’ plans as yet but we hope the 44-year-old Belgian will continue to press on with his team in the MXGP championship.
You can read the press release in full below:
Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend the FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities from 2018.
Suzuki Motor Corporation, having reviewed its Motorcycle operations to focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business, concluded to suspend the MXGP activities from 2018.
Suzuki will continue to produce RM-Z250 and 450 series and support those customers the entire world.
Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the Racing activities.