Suzuki Motor Corporation Will Not Race FIM World, All Japan MX Championships in 2018

Suzuki bids adieu to the FIM Motocross World Championship and All Japan Motocross Championship, citing the need to focus on its “core business functions.”

Suzuki Motor Corporation has announced that it will not field factory teams in the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship or the 2018 All Japan Motocross World Championship.

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Jeremy Seewer finished second aboard a factory Suzuki in the MX2 World Championship, but the company says it will not be involved in the FIM Motocross Championship as a factory in 2018. PHOTO COURTESY OF SUZUKI WORLD RACING.

Suzuki issued a press release today with the news. The company will continue to field factory teams in all other series in which it is currently participating, including the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Suzuki completed the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship but failed to finish inside the top 10 in the final MXGP series points standings, finishing only as high as 13th place in the MXGP class with factory rider Arminas Jaskonis. Veteran MXGP rider Kevin Strijbos finished right behind teammate Jaskonis in 14th place. Suzuki finished sixth in the MXGP Manufacturer’s Championship. Things were much brighter in the MX2 class where Jeremy Seewer finished second to series champion Pauls Jonass. Suzuki also finished second in the MX2 Manufacturer’s Championship. The team was run by multi-time MXGP World Champion Stefan Everts.

Here is the official press release from Suzuki:

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.