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First Suter-BMW test considered 'successful'

The bike proves 3.3secs slower than the fastest MotoGP rider of the test, but the machine is reliable.
Marc VDS team manager Michael Bartholemy says he is happy with the shakedown performance of the much anticipated 1000cc Suter-BMW following three-days of trouble-free running at Jerez.

Swiss constructor Suter is planning a move to the MotoGP class in 2012 when regulations will allow for a prototype chassis to be built around a 1000cc engine, with leading Moto2 team Marc VDS earmarked to front development of the machine.

With IDM Supersport rider Damian Cudlin and some time Moto2 racer Carmelo Morales taking to testing duties, the bike managed more than 100 laps without a single mechanical problem, even if the first and third days was hampered by rainy conditions.

Testing on Michelin tyres, though the bike was still lapping around three and a half seconds slower than the Ducati of Karel Abraham by the test's conclusion, Bartholemy was very pleased with the performance of the machine.

"For a first rollout of the new bike the test has been very successful,” he said. “The weather has been a problem, restricting us to just one day of dry testing, but we still managed to complete over 100 laps on the bike with no issues at all.

“The bike definitely has potential; we've seen that here in Jerez this week. Now we need to sit down with Eskil Suter and his technical team to agree a development plan that will unlock this potential, starting at the next test in January.

“This is an exciting project and we are a part of it only because of the support of our President, Marc van der Straten, to whom I'd like to say a big thank you on behalf of the team."

His sentiments were echoed by Cudlin, who was delighted to be given the responsibility of riding the BMW-engined bike for the first time.

"Not many people get to ride a MotoGP bike, especially a prototype bike for 2012 like this one; it's pretty cool and it's been heaps of fun! We've learnt a whole lot about the bike and, while there's still a lot more to learn, the potential is definitely there.

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fedupwithidiots - Unregistered

November 29, 2010 11:09 AM

@ Bob Buttamasangy. I thought this topic was a discussion about the Marc VDS Suter-BMW test,nothing to do with Flossi. Is it an Australian thing ,where if you can't find anything positive to post you have to post a load of kangaroo sh-t.


November 29, 2010 12:06 PM

Didn't think it would take bob butman long to type a anti rossi post. When your bitter and jealous like that your life must be so difficult. Feel sorry for the people around you and for backing a loser. Someone who misses races cos he can't eat a bowl of cereal with milk must of been hard for you to fathom. Anyway, lets just ignore his posts and comment on the sport we like and the prospects of new riders and machines on the grid. Eskil Suter obviously has talent when it comes to designing a well balanced chassis. When they finally have a engine to produce the power, its going to be interesting to see how the chassis responds to the braking and most off all the power delivery. Also BMW probably will come up with a decent traction control system. Exciting times in 2012 and hopefully we will get to see a 20 plus grid. Lets hope more chassis development companies take not and start there own development.

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