Yoshimura Suzuki Endurance Racing Team Motul will contest the World Endurance Championship in 2023 even though the factory has ceased all racing activity.
The Franco-Japanese squad is preparing to enter a Suzuki GSX-R1000R in the four-event schedule as it bids to reclaim the EWC title it won in 2021.
Yoshimura SERT Motul will announce its riders in due course but has confirmed it will run under the #12 and carry its familiar red and blue colour scheme.
“I am very delighted to say that Yoshimura SERT Motul will participate in the FIM Endurance World Championship in 2023,” said Yohei Kato, Team Director.
“The statement from Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) ending its factory participation in MotoGP and EWC at the end of 2022 was of course very difficult to digest. However, we accepted the situation and set our mind in putting [in place] new plans for the EWC 2023 season.
“Thanks to SMC’s understanding and decision for the new team’s support, we will continue to represent Suzuki at the highest level. We are fully committed to reclaim the EWC title in 2023.
“Taking this opportunity, we thank all of our sponsors including Motul and Denso, partner companies and fans for supporting us for many years. Voices not only from them but also from our team members themselves longing for the EWC participation made it possible.
“In the 2022 season, we were leading the championship until the last race of the season, but unexpected problems prevented us from defending our title. We will continue to move forward with the excellent Yoshimura SERT Motul riders and team members. Our goal is to win all races in 2023, and particularly look forward to the challenge of winning the 24 Heures Motos at Le Mans for the third consecutive year.”