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Moto3: Ambrogio switch to Suter Honda

Oral out and Suter Honda in from the French Grand Prix as Guilian Pedone and Simone Grotzkyj struggle for points.
By Lisa Lewis

Suter Honda's presence on the Moto3 grid will increase from the Le Mans Grand Prix when they replace Oral as the manufacturer for the Ambrogio Next Racing Team.

The team's riders Guilian Pedone (Swiss) and Simone Grotzkyj (Italian) have only scored one point between them so far this season, when Pedone finished 15th in Jerez.

The change was initially reported on May 7th on Italian motorsport website but was quickly denied by Oral Engineering in a letter sent to and published by the site.

This was in turn contested by Grotzkyj who posted on his Twitter account, @Simone_Grotzkyj: “I contest the letter of Oral to the biggest websites. From France we will use the Suter chassis with Honda engine.”

Ambrogio Next Racing have now put out a press release confirming their riders statement to be accurate, stating simply “From the next Grand Prix of France (May 18th – 20th, 2012) Ambrogio Next Racing will run a Suter-Honda Moto3 machine”.

Oral will not be completely absent from the Moto3 grid as the Italian Manufacturer also supply and develop engines for the Mahindra team, whose riders Marcel Schrotter and Danny Webb are yet to score a World Championship point between them so far this season.

Tagged as: Honda , Mahindra , Oral

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bucksboy - Unregistered

May 15, 2012 5:19 PM

You're being a bit hard on Mahindra! At Estoril their two bikes had top speeds of 214.9 (Schrotter) and 213.2 (Webb). Pedone's Oral averaged 210.3, so either Pedone is not as quick as the Mahindra guys or (more likely) the latter are getting better engines. FWIW, the slowest Honda averaged 210.1 (even slower than Pedone), the slowest KTM averaged 220.8. It's clear from the stats that KTM still have a top-end edge over everyone else, including Honda (the speeds are an average of the best 5 race speeds recorded per rider).

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