With Dorna having come back to Suzuki's end year withdrawal notice that it contractually cannot leave at the end of the year without negotiating a release from its contract, pending the outcome of those discussions there is quite a lot of interest from others to step up to MotoGP given the opportunity. Leopard Racing has formally announced its interest (having previously spoken of its interest..... Dorna also noted that it had “high levels of interest” from independent teams and official factories about joining the grid
Leopard Racing "absolutely interested" in replacing Suzuki in MotoGP
“We will see how the situation evolves, there is a contract involved and I don't think Suzuki can leave just like that because it has a signed contract until 2026,” Leopard boss Christian Lundberg said.
“We'll see, but if a seat is freed up and God willing, they [Dorna] give it to us, we'll be very happy.
"The whole paddock knows that we are absolutely interested and that we would try to take that step, but there's still a long way to go before it can happen.”
If Leopard does get the nod to step up 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 has to reward in one way or another the only constructor on the grid that only has 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 it would be the best option.”
Interestingly before all this came up, during the Spanish GP weekend, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola said that it was open to fielding a satellite team if the right offer came along.
Interesting times ahead. Im sure that Dorna and Suzuki will come to some form of agreement and they will go ahead and quit as a manufacturer works entrant. Dorna wont want them in as a half arsed attempt and if there is interest from other serious prospects it would be a no brainer to pursue those other avenues over a disinterested contractually bound Suzuki. Just my opinion.