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Suter to bring 1000cc bike to Brno test

The bike is on course for a 2011 debut should Dorna open up the entry to allow 1000cc bikes a year earlier than planned
Moto2 front runner Suter is close to making its MotoGP debut after it was revealed that plans to test a BMW-engined 1000cc machine are reaching an advanced stage.

The Swiss constructor is currently developing a prototype to hit the track in the next couple of months, possibly as early as July or August when it could join its prospective MotoGP rivals in a group test following the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

“We think we can have the bike on track already in July,” GPOne.com quotes Eskil Suter as saying. “We would like to be ready for the second MotoGP test at Brno in mid-August. Our rider would likely be Roberto Rolfo, who is already our test rider for Moto2.”

The move to the premier class would coincide with the decision to revert back to 1000cc bikes from 2012, although it is anticipated the option to race a larger capacity bike could be brought forward to 2011 in a bid to boost ailing grid numbers.

The eponymous owner is no stranger to MotoGP having had a hand in developing MotoGP chassis for Kawasaki, Ilmor and Petronas in the past.

Suter is currently competing as a constructor in the inaugural Moto2 series where the chassis has proven to be a popular option with 13 customers in a field of approximately 40 riders.


Tagged as: BMW , 1000cc , suter

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Painless

May 28, 2010 12:43 PM

Dilute what? What are you talking about? Prototype my ****! They have capacity limits, cylinder limits, weight limits, do not allow forced inductions etc ad nauseum. Put carbon brakes and the same tyres on SBK bikes and how close would they be to the multi million dollar piles of crap? The current 800cc GP bikes are overpriced junk with the rules set by the factories. As one poster said on another thread it will go down in history as the worst mistake ever. Why is there no longer any Red Bull Team in MotoGP? Because they would only be in it to win and you cannot get a competitive bike because the factories make the rules.

kirk66

May 28, 2010 1:25 PM

Look, I know you purist believe that GP is the technical forefront of road racing, but there are more things at play than just expense. 1- the bikes are cranking 250hp. Grip is an issue for every team. When do you decide "we've got enough power- not how do we control it"? No one wants electronics to play the role it has in the 800s- right? 2- the tracks can't keep up with the bikes in safety and grip. 3- tires can't keep grip. Solution- open chasis development with restricted 1000 cc motors. You guys know that every one of these liter motors will crank the same 250hp. Why not get more factors and chasis builders into the game then? Seems like a smart move in the end. Racers want it, too.



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