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Bartholemy denies official Suter-BMW link

Leon Haslam will not be riding the Suter-BMW during a post Portuguese Grand Prix test at Estoril, according to Marc Bartholemy
Marc VDS Racing team manager Marc Bartholemy has played down the ties between Suter and BMW, insisting the German manufacturer has no official involvement.

Suter is set to join the MotoGP ranks in 2012 with its own chassis, plus an engine developed from BMW's 1000cc Superbike unit, raising speculation that the manufacturer could have a hand in backing the Swiss-based operation.

The first prototype of the Suter-BMW made its track debut during the off-season, with Damian Cudlin and Carmelo Morales lapping Jerez around four seconds off the ultimate pace.

The bike is now expected to return to the track after the upcoming Estoril round of the MotoGP World Champiopnship, sparking rumours that BMW's World Superbike rider Leon Haslam is scheduled to ride.

However, Bartholemy, whose Marc VDS team is expected to spearhead Suter's MotoGP entry, denies Haslam has been contacted, adding that BMW is also not involved in any factory capacity.

"The Suter project is completely independent of BMW, and there has been no contact with Leon Haslam,” he told GPOne.com

Scott Redding and Mika Kallio currently ride for Marc VDS in Moto2.


Tagged as: BMW , Leon Haslam , suter , marc vds

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Lepard - Unregistered

April 22, 2011 10:36 PM

One thing I can bet is that the Sutter chassis is gonna be a way better chassis than BMW themselves can ever build. After all the drag racing and squid magazines went crazy about their S1000RR they went to WSBK and got their ass handed to them in a silver plate. Not even Corser can make the thing turn. Haslam looks like he's about t throw the towel every time I see him.

Surprised! - Unregistered

April 24, 2011 2:07 AM

How does someone like 'RawDawg' get away with personal attacks and name calling. Does he swing favour with the moderator/s(is RawDawg one of them?) or is it that he(?) carries alot of cred in what he says.I've been reading comments on most topics for quite some time now. What I have learned is that it is better to bypass RawDawg's uncompromisingly biased posts and read most of the rest. Sometimes I learn something, sometimes not. @John, I'm with you. I don't think Suter would entertain the thought of powering their chassis with an engine that they weren't gettig at least some form of 'unofficial' support for. Why would they go out and circulate the paddock with a manufacturer's product when they insisted they didn't want their engines used. Doesn't make any sense at all, does it? Unless... the chassis builder believes their product is so great that they could be competitive with any old power plant.



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