MotoGP » Edwards samples Forward Suter-BMW

Experienced rider Colin Edwards gets to grips with the Suter-BMW he will ride in 2012 under the NGM Forward Racing banner with a test at Jerez.

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sbkfan - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 2:03 PM

cant, they make each factory team sell a version of there race bike at a set price?

you can spend as much as you like developing the bike, but if a satilite team wants to have the same bike you must sell them 1 at the same spec for say $1 million, and the spare parts are sold at set cheap prices......

lets face it if the factory bikes were cheaper the grid would be full. but there not so Dorna need to act, and prototype bike with the exeption of engines is not the worst idea in the world.

kirk66 - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 2:46 PM

Don't read too much into the test. Yes, Suter/BMW have been messing with the bike for a year, but until CE got on it the "testers" were not competitive racers. As soon as they get the electronics sorted to apply power to the ground the bikes will be much faster in lap times. It will take a consistant year of racing to get there just the the M2 bikes took a year to be faster than the 250's they replaced. By the end of season one they will be within a half second of the Factory GP bikes and on par with the "customer" bikes. Patients is the key to this success.

Andrew - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 7:06 PM

Seems a shame that Moto GP is taking its 1st step towards being a glorified WSBK championship, it should be the pinnacle of excellence, rider AND machine. I hope it doesnt work because I can see the powers that be downgrading and economising mgp as we know it. We all want to see more bikes on the circuit but this is the wrong way. Maybe Im wrong?

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