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Motorsport | MotoGP

Carmelo Ezpeleta © Gallo Images

Suzuki's MotoGP return is in doubt



Suzuki have been told to commit to MotoGP until the end of the 2016 World Championship or don't bother returning at all.

Suzuki suspended their MotoGP project last season after the Japanese team was hit hard by the world's economic crisis.

"This suspension is to cope with tough circumstances mainly caused by the prolonged recession in developed countries, a historical appreciation of Japanese Yen and repeated natural disasters," said the team's statement.

At the time Suzuki highlighted their intention to make a comeback in 2014.

The team plans to return with a new 1000cc bike and reportedly met with MotoGP boss Carmelo Ezpeleta at Brno earlier this season.

However, Suzuki only want to commit for one season whereas Ezpeleta has told them it is three or nothing.

"They want to come back in 2014 but there will be a minimum period they will have to commit for," he told Motorcycle News.

"They asked about the possibility of coming back for one year and we said no.

"We have an agreement with the existing manufacturers for the next five years.

"If Suzuki wants to be back they will have to commit for '14, '15 and '16 and be in line with the other factories."

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