Reports from Europe are rife that the Hamamatsu manufacturer is set to quit MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season just seven years after it returned to the premier class.

The Japanese manufacturer was a mainstay in MotoGP through the 500cc era, winning world titles with the likes of Barry Sheene, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts Jr.

Project leader Shinichi Sahara is said to have delivered the news to the team during the official post-race test at Jerez overnight.

The announcement comes as a major shock, considering that there had been no signs that Suzuki’s support for the team was wavering.

In fact, it was only just over a week ago at the Portuguese Grand Prix that Alex Rins said he had been told by Suzuki’s hierarchy, including newly installed team manager Livio Suppo, that they wanted to keep him beyond his current deal, which ends this year.

Furthermore, Suzuki is contractually committed to the five-year participation cycle which has only started this year.

German outlet Speedweek.com reports that Dorna Sports, which owns the commercial rights to MotoGP, is considering its position and legal action could follow if some settlement is not reached.

The shocking announcement has thrown the futures of 2020 world champion Mir and three-time race-winner Alex Rins into the air.

Joan Mir, who won the world championship with Suzuki in 2020, has been linked to the factory Repsol Honda Team, but Rins’ future is less certain.

Suzuki had only come back to the Championship at the end of 2014, after last withdrawing at the end of the 2011 season due to financial difficulties

Suzuki is yet to make an announcement regarding its future beyond 2022.