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Suzuki to return to MotoGP in 2015

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Suzuki are set to return to MotoGP in 2015 (©GettyImages)
Suzuki are set to return to MotoGP in 2015 (©GettyImages).

Suzuki will end three years out of MotoGP when they return to the grid for the start of the 2015 season.

The Japanese team had raced for 37 years before leaving the sport at the end of 2011 due to financial reasons, and it had been hoped they would return for 2014. However, it has been confirmed that they will be back a year later.

It means that Suzuki will join Honda, Ducati and Yamaha as the other manufacturers in the sport, after first competing in 1974.

British racing legend Barry Sheene took two world championships while riding for the team in the 1970s, and Kenny Roberts Jr was the last Suzuki world champion, winning the 500cc title in 2000.

Overall, the Japanese team have had five world champions, with Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini and Kevin Schwantz also being victorious.

In 2011, Suzuki’s last season, their only rider – Alvaro Bautista – finished 13th in the championship, and the team will be hoping for better success when they return.

 

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