The two Suzukis had to put an end to their participation in the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix ahead of time. Takuya Tsuda first saw his Suzuki start to burn, and had to stand to the side of the track to avoid getting burned.
Shortly after, Alex Rins had to make his way to the pits to retire, with mechanical problems on his GSX-RR.
This was Suzuki’s last race at home. The Japanese factory announced, in the first third of the season, its decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the current 2022 season.
Rins, in statements prior to the first date of the Asian tour, commented that he did not feel any special pressure from Suzuki, but that he did want to get a good result before leaving the only factory with which he has competed in MotoGP.
Takuya Tsuda, who dodged the flames at Motegi, was replacing Joan Mir. The 2020 world champion suffered a tough highside at the last Austrian Grand Prix, where he injured one of his legs. Although the Balearic returned to get on the bike at the Aragon Grand Prix, he decided to continue on the sidelines, in view of the bad physical sensations on his bike. Mir did not compete in qualifying at Motorland and did not travel to Japan either.
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