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Eskil Suter - Q&A

"If you've got ten riders on track and seven are saying one thing, then that's probably the best direction to go in. It's a pretty democratic system" – Eskil Suter.
By Christian Tiburtius

An exclusive interview with Eskil Suter, head of Suter Racing Technology.

Suter is a constructor in all three grand prix classes - MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 - but has achieved its greatest success to date in Moto2.

Suter has won the Moto2 Constructors' title every year since the formation of the class in 2010, and took the riders' title last season with Marc Marquez.

However the top Suter rider, Dominique Aegerter, is currently fifth in the 2013 standings, with Suter currently second to Kalex in the Constructors' rankings…
Are you an engineer or a racer?

Eskil Suter:
I was a racer for more than 35 years, I was in motocross for the first few years and then changed over to road racing. I did well in the European championship and then moved to grand prix racing.

I competed mainly in the 250cc class in '92 to '96. I wasn't bad in that in normal circumstances I'd be around P10 to P12 as long as everything went OK. I think my best placing was P5 at Assen in '95.

I stopped because we were starting to concentrate a little too much on the technical side of things because as a Swiss rider it was difficult to get factory material and we were forced to build our own. We started to concentrate a little too much on building engines and chassis parts and not so much on the riding as we really needed to do to succeed.

The fact that we spent so much time working on the technology side of things led me and my brother to the business we are in today. When I stopped racing we immediately set up Suter Racing and started to supply our former competitors with parts.

We are lucky in that our work and job is our passion, since I started working I have always thought motorcycles and been around them and that's something that is in my heart and blood.
What proportion of your company is dedicated to motorcycle racing?

Eskil Suter:
Approximately 50%. We have various developments going on and also produce some parts for the defence industry.
Is it true that motorcycle racing is illegal in Switzerland?

Eskil Suter:
It's not really illegal. The problem is that Switzerland is too crowded and we don't really have any race tracks to compete on. Also Swiss people like it calm and quiet! Every 500 meters there is always a small village or a house so you can't build a race track without disturbing existing infrastructure.

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Related Pictures

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Eskil Suter, Valencia Moto3 Test Jan 2013
Eskil Suter, Malaysian MotoGP 2011
Aspar Team Suter frames, Valencia Moto2 Test Feb 2014
Caterham Suter bike, Valencia Moto2 Test Feb 2014
Eskil Suter, Stigefelt, Dato Kamarudin Merranun, Sharizman Ismail, Caterham, Malaysian Moto2 2013
Suter and Binder, Malaysian MotoGP 2013
Suter and Binder, Malaysian MotoGP 2013
Luthi`s Suter Moto2, Aragon MotoGP 2013
Luthi`s Suter Moto2, Aragon MotoGP 2013
Suter and Vazquez, German MotoGP 2013
Oliveira and Suter, Moto3, German MotoGP 2013
Oliveira and Suter, Moto3, German MotoGP 2013
Oliveira and Suter, Moto3, German MotoGP 2013
Vazquez and Suter, Moto3, German MotoGP 2013
Suter technician in Oliverira`s garage, Moto3, French MotoGP 2013
Suter technician in Oliverira`s garage, Moto3, French MotoGP 2013
Suter technician in Oliverira`s garage, Moto3, French MotoGP 2013
Suter truck in paddock, Spanish MotoGP 2013

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August 28, 2013 1:52 PM

"Motorbike racing is mainly connected to the rider rather than the brand" Amen to that. Which begs the question i keep asking about MotoGP - why are fans buying the hype that MotoGP is all about "prototypes", "technology", etc. As Suter says - it isn't. its about the RIDERS. So MotoGP should concentrate on getting a series where the very best of the best RIDERS get the chance to go head-to-head fairly on equipment as even as the rules can make them. As I've also said - no-one tunes into Grand Slam Tennis to see which brand of Raquet wins - they tune in to see an ultimate level physical contest between the very best Tennis Players. The same is true of Motorcycle Racing - the human talent and the battle is what it is ALL about. Grow a pair and sort out MotoGP properly Dorna, before its too late.

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