MotoGP » Edwards confirms Suter-BMW for MotoGP 2012

"Our sport has a dream and a vision. Everybody wants to see closer, competitive racing in MotoGP like it is in Moto2. Somebody has to start it" - Colin Edwards.

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October 20, 2011 12:24 PM

eep the closest CRT is 4 seconds off the pace? Desperately want to see more bikes on the grid but this seems more like there will effectively be two seperate races going on, the only contact the CRT bikes are going to have with the "proper" teams is when they get lapped.

The guys coming up from Moto2 are in for a shock... I think we'll see some frustrations from them - hopefully not the kind that gets other people taken out

MM - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 12:26 PM

If the factories are only interested in racing because they can use it to develop their electronic fuel saving technology, then their fuel limits should be reduced to a level where the CRT bikes are competitive. After all, surely the factories could only welcome an increased opportunity to develop their lean burning engines and fancy ECU programming even further.

John - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 12:34 PM


Yes, but look who put up those slow times on a CRT bike- Kalio. He can't get near the front of Moto2 races. What until some faster riders get on CRT bikes- then we'll know how good or bad this idea was.


October 20, 2011 12:43 PM

Quite right John.

Edwards is by no means the fastest either, BUT he's also no slouch. On top of that, he's probably one of the most experienced and talented test riders out there.

Would also love to know who's going to be doing the development on the engine and just how far the envelope can be pushed on the BMW Motor. Wonder how much power they could pump out of it?

Good luck Colin.


October 20, 2011 12:46 PM
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Great signing for Forward Racing, who really couldn't get anybody better to develop the bike. Not so great a gig for Edwards, who will probably now see out his career on an uncompetitive machine.

Reading his comments here and elsewhere (MCN), it seems that Yamaha US were willing to fund the supply of an engine but that Yamaha Europe (i.e. Lin Jarvis) vetoed it. Seems a bit cold of Yamaha to so completely disassociate themselves from CEII when he's represented the company for so long. But maybe it suggests that they don't have very much faith in the potential of CRT bikes?


October 20, 2011 12:55 PM

I think he wanted to continue his good relationship with Yamaha and Tech 3 with the Yamaha engine in a Tech 3 chassis, but the company doesn't want to spend to the project, like the pulled out of Superbikes. Sad things are done by one of the most friendly manufacturer.

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