Colin Edwards has confirmed that he will race a BMW-powered Suter in the 2012 MotoGP World Championship.
The Texan will end a seven-year association with Yamaha when he switches to Forward Racing, which is joining the premier-class as one of the new Claiming Rule Team (CRT) entries.
CRTs, basically privateer constructors, will receive extra concessions in terms of engine changes and fuel capacity to help them compete with the confirmed 1000cc Manufacturer bikes from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati.
Edwards had initially hoped to continue his Yamaha and Tech 3 links by using an R1-based engine and Tech 3 chassis, but at Sepang on Thursday the 12-time grand prix podium finisher confirmed he will race the BMW-Suter.
"It's a BMW-Suter, which is what I signed up for in the beginning and I'm happy to be working with those guys," said Edwards. "We'll have to go out there and work and test. It's probably not going to be competitive in the first race, maybe not in the last race, but we'll work extremely hard to build it.
"It's a new adventure and a lot of work. Sorting out personnel, crew chiefs, mechanics and all that," added the double World Superbike champion.
"I'm accustomed to coming to a new team, signing a piece of paper, ride the motorcycle, do your work and going home.
"I'm a big part of getting everybody together. It's a lot more work than I'm accustomed to.
"But at the end of the day our sport has a dream and a vision. Everybody wants to see closer, competitive racing in MotoGP like it is in Moto2. Somebody has to start it."
The BMW-Suter is one of the most developed CRT bikes. Ex-MotoGP and present Moto2 rider Mika Kallio
lapping 3.9sec from Casey Stoner's pace-setting RC213V in August's Brno test.
Edwards will be replaced at Tech 3 by Andrea Dovizioso.