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Suter confirms Petrucci switch

"Colin was looking for new motivation, but after riding the ART bike he saw there was nothing magic” - Eskil Suter.
Eskil Suter has confirmed the continuation of Forward Racing with the Suter-BMW CRT machine - and that a second bike will be present at the forthcoming Misano round, run by IodaRacing for Danilo Petrucci.

Frustrated by unpredictable electronics, Forward's Colin Edwards called the bike a 'piece of sh*t' on the eve of his home US round in July - and recently tested an ART Aprilia.

But no deal with Aprilia was reached and Suter has confirmed that the Texan will stick with his present machinery to the end of the year. Edwards has taken a best finish of twelfth this season and is 17th in the World Championship.

"Colin was looking for new motivation, but after riding the ART bike he saw there was nothing magic,” Suter told “We are in a way re-starting the relationship with Colin, aiming to make progress step-by-step."

Also starting a new Suter relationship at Misano will be Ioda and its rookie rider Petrucci.

Ioda have raced with their own CRT design, utilising a 'standard' Aprilia RSV4 engine, so far this year - but have faced a near 40km/h top speed disadvantage.

Petrucci had been tipped to test for Ducati at Mugello this week, but will instead make his Suter-BMW debut at the Vairano circuit on Wednesday.

Moto2 rider Dominique Aegerter helped Suter with development of the machine on Tuesday.

The San Marino Grand Prix takes place from September 14-16.

Tagged as: Misano , Ducati , Colin Edwards , Mugello

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M1M - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 10:02 PM

Putting a 'young gun' like Petrucci alongside Edwards is a sensible move to make sure he's really pulling his weight. While it must be dispiriting to move from a prototype to a CRT, he's being well paid for his professional experience to develop the Suter-BMW to its maximum potential. Calling it a piece of sh**t isn't likely to convince the team that he's really trying his hardest with what he's got. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but he's tried an ART now, (and more significantly, Capirossi went quicker than him after just 3 laps on the Suter BMW), so it shows that Edwards needs to consider his own input as part of the reason for the bike's current level of performance.

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