A few weeks ago it was revealed that Team Suzuki Racing MXGP were struggling to find a main sponsor for next year – and today, the factory team has confirmed it will not take part in the 2018 MXGP and MX2 World Championships, or the Japan National.

The statement from Suzuki alludes to business restructure as the main reason for the decision, but the lack of support from sponsors has surely contributed to its timing. One of its riders, Hunter Lawrence, has already signed for Honda for next year, but we’ve still not heard anything regarding Arminas Jasikonis, Jeremy Seewer and Zach Pichon’s futures.

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Suzuki’s withdrawal from the Motocross World Cup will not affect the production of the new RM-Z 450, that’s just been completely updated for 2018 though – so don’t worry if you’ve got your eye on one.

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