Leopard Racing interested in replacing Suzuki in MotoGP

On Monday, Motorsport.com broke the explosive news that Suzuki would be leaving MotoGP at the end of the season in a decision it only communicated to the race team the same day during post-race testing. in Jerez.

An official announcement was expected on Tuesday, but did not materialize.

Instead, Dorna Sports – owners of MotoGP – released their own statement saying that Suzuki could not decide to leave the series on its own as it is bound by a contract until the end of 2026 with the rest of the team. builders.

Dorna also noted that she had “a high level of interest” from independent teams and official factories to join the grid if the opportunity presented itself.

Leopard – a Moto3 title winner with Danny Kent in 2015, Joan Mir in 2017 and Lorenzo Dalla Porta in 2019 – has been keen to join the MotoGP grid in the past, and once again reiterated that desire for Autosport on Thursday at a private Moto3 and Moto2. trial in Barcelona.

“We will see how the situation develops, there is a contract at stake and I don’t think Suzuki can leave like this because he has a signed contract until 2026,” said Leopard boss Christian Lundberg.

“We will see, but if a place becomes free and God willing, they [Dorna] give it to us, we will be very happy.

“The whole paddock knows that we are absolutely interested and that we will try to take this step, but there is still a long way to go before that can happen.

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If Leopard gets the green light to move to MotoGP, Lundberg says it will be in partnership with Aprilia.

“I think the only option would be to do it with Aprilia because, in my opinion, Dorna must somehow reward the only manufacturer on the grid who has only two bikes, and today all the bikes are very competitive.” he added.

“So it would be very good for us to work with Aprilia, plus we are a half-Italian team and it would be easier than working with the Japanese, I think that would be the best option.”

At the Spanish GP weekend, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola told Motorsport.com he was ready to field a satellite team if the right offer came along.

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