MotoGP » Bartholemy denies BMW, Haslam links


Leon Haslam will not be riding the Suter-BMW during a post Portuguese Grand Prix test at Estoril, according to Marc Bartholemy

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RawDawg

April 22, 2011 2:32 PM

BMW probably is not too happy that Suter will be taking their engine to MotoGP anyway so they wouldn't let their factory rider near the thing.

Besides, Leon is concentrating on developing the BMW he's riding in WSBK and winning races in WSBK and probably wouldn't want to bother with the Suter anyway.

Suits you sir! - Unregistered

April 22, 2011 9:46 PM

So Suter is using a BMW engine in their potential MotoGP project and the fact Leon Haslam isn't being asked to participate amazes everyone? Isn't that a bit like saying Generic McFramer is using a Honda in their Moto2 project and not using Casey Stoner to test it?

The engine is only a very small part of the equation in this case.

Lepard - Unregistered

April 22, 2011 10:36 PM

One thing I can bet is that the Sutter chassis is gonna be a way better chassis than BMW themselves can ever build. After all the drag racing and squid magazines went crazy about their S1000RR they went to WSBK and got their ass handed to them in a silver plate. Not even Corser can make the thing turn. Haslam looks like he's about t throw the towel every time I see him.

Lion King - Unregistered

April 23, 2011 12:32 AM

Is there anyone out there who could actually let me know how many National Championships as well as the International Superstock Championship that were won on BMW's?
I've seen a few bikes come and go over the years but it probably not been since the introduction of the R1 or the RC30 and before that the 85 GSXR750 that a production bike has steamrollered the opposition so dramatically. WSBK success would of course be the icing on the cake but don't trash their achievements so readily. Up until just a few short years ago an open face helmet and beard were compulsory - BMW have transformed their motorcycle division and it's to the benefit of motorcycling as a whole - unless of course you are so blinded by some other brand you can't realise it. Either way it's great to have as many manufacturers involved as we can in our motorsport and they can't all win all the time. They wouldn't be there though if they didn't think they could.

Zookeeper - Unregistered

April 23, 2011 4:31 AM

Seems like the magazines maybe had a point then to be giving out high praise to such an impressive high performance road bike after all then. Maybe some of the testers had even ridden bikes from other manufacturers and compared them too - wow imagine that - their opinions might've even been valid.
I figure BMW probably had a bit of a plan to go racing before the magazine articles, praise and awards were ever presented.

John - Unregistered

April 23, 2011 8:49 AM

If BMW arent happy about their engine going to MotoGP, whether in a Suter chassis or not, then it wouldn't be going, pure and simple.
What a stupid comment!
Rawdawg usually comes out with something that suggests he might know a thing or two, but this is rediculous...
No manufacturer would let there product be used, in MotoGP or anywhere else, without their full consent.

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