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Kalex in demand for Moto2 2012

Reigning Moto2 Constructors' Champions Suter set to lose customers for 2012, Kalex storms ahead based on last year's Riders' title success with Stefan Bradl.
By Lisa Crouch

German manufacturer Kalex looks set to be rewarded for winning the 2011 Moto2 Riders' title by having the largest chassis representation on the 2012 grid.

Kalex is expected to increase its Moto2 presence from four to nine riders, as it appears that fielding the championships winning chassis for Stefan Bradl has left them in high demand, supplying nine of next year's grid, up from just four this year.

Many of the new arrivals are from Suter, despite the Swiss firm winning both Moto2 constructors' titles and claiming more wins than any other manufacturer since the four-stroke class replaced 250cc at the start of 2010.

However a Suter rider is yet to win the Moto2 title, losing out to Toni Elias (Moriwaki) in 2010 and Bradl (Kalex) this time around.

Those switch from Suter runs deeper than the success of one man however, with Suter being accused last season of showing too much favouritism to rookie star and eventual championship runner-up Marc Marquez.

For Suter to place so much belief in one rider is understandable, Marquez is capable of strong results, comes with hefty Spanish financial backing and a fan base so large he had a fan club while still in the 125cc class.

Yet while others complained throughout the season of chatter and losing rear grip, Marquez received 2012 prototype parts mid-season which instantly improved these issues with a new swing arm and revised frame which made him noticeably quicker.

The bigger issue was that these parts took longer to reach the other Suter teams, most notably Marc VDS which first commented on the use of the prototype parts in testing and the advantage they seemed to give and is one of the teams heading for Kalex in 2012.

The increasing workload at Suter is also notable, with a BMW-powered CRT project for Forward Racing to make its MotoGP debut in 2012 and a Moto3 project in the pipeline.



Tagged as: moto2 , FTR , Kalex , suter

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