On Monday Autosport broke the bombshell information that Suzuki will give up MotoGP on the finish of the season in a choice it solely communicated to the race group on the identical day in the course of the post-race take a look at at Jerez.
An official announcement was anticipated on Tuesday, however didn’t materialise.
As an alternative, Dorna Sports activities – MotoGP house owners – issued its own statement saying Suzuki couldn’t resolve to give up the sequence by itself as it’s sure to a contract by to the top of 2026 together with the remainder of the producers.
Dorna additionally famous that it had “excessive ranges of curiosity” from unbiased groups and official factories about becoming a member of the grid if the chance arose.
Leopard – Moto3 title winners with Danny Kent in 2015, Joan Mir in 2017 and Lorenzo Dalla Porta in 2019 – has been eager to affix the MotoGP grid previously, and as soon as once more reiterated that want to Autosport on Thursday throughout a personal Moto3 and Moto2 take a look at in Barcelona.
“We’ll see how the state of affairs evolves, there’s a contract concerned and I do not suppose Suzuki can go away similar to that as a result of it has a signed contract till 2026,” Leopard boss Christian Lundberg stated.
“We’ll see, but when a seat is freed up and God keen, they [Dorna] give it to us, we’ll be very completely satisfied.
“The entire paddock is aware of that we’re completely and that we’d attempt to take that step, however there’s nonetheless an extended technique to go earlier than it could actually occur.”
Alex Rins, Crew Suzuki MotoGP
Photograph by: Dorna
If Leopard does get the nod to step as much as MotoGP, Lundberg says it is going to be in partnership with Aprilia.
“I feel the one possibility can be to do it with Aprilia as a result of, in my view, Dorna has to reward in a method or one other the one constructor on the grid that solely has two bikes, and right this moment all of the bikes are very aggressive,” he added.
“So, it could be superb for us to work with Aprilia, plus we’re a half-Italian group and it could be simpler than working with the Japanese, I feel it could be the best choice.”
Through the Spanish GP weekend, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola informed Autosport that it was open to fielding a satellite tv for pc group if the correct supply got here alongside.