27 August 2015
Moto2: Suter to support ‘at least four riders’ in 2016
The Swiss chassis manufacturer is in talks with several Moto2 teams to support 'at least four riders', will begin testing new MMX2 chassis in early September
Eskil Suter has revealed that his company Suter Racing Technology (SRT) is currently speaking to different teams and is hopeful of offering full support to 'at least four riders' ahead of its return to the Moto2 class in 2016.
Suter scored three constructors championship and 32 victories from the class' four-stroke inception in 2010 to 2014 yet demand for SRT's apparatus dimmed as the German-made Kalex frame romped to two consecutive rider's titles in 2013/14.
Only Ioda Racing and JP Racing Malaysia are currently running a Suter frame, which has proven to be far from competitive as the chassis has yet to score a world championship point. However, speaking at Brno, Suter explained that his absence has done anything but dim his desire to compete for top honours in 2016.
While the 2016 SRT MMX2 frame is somewhat of an evolution of the old model that maintains 'some good points', it bears 'no direct connection' and boasts an entirely new chassis, swingarm and aerodynamic features.
What's more, the model will begin testing at the beginning of September, as the company seeks to make inroads on the current Kalex domination of the class that has seen the German chassis victorious in all but nine of the past 46 races.
“It's quite new and for sure has many things new,” said Suter in the Czech Republic. “We keep some details from the old one, some good points, but there is no direct connection. We have a new chassis, new swingarm, linking system and the aerodynamics, there is a little change. The good features we keep. It's easy to work on it and to maintain and for sure it's a combination of the positive points we found in the last years.
“The new motorbike we will start testing at the beginning of September. We need to see. We need to make the motor finished, it's on the way. Like I said in the beginning of September we'll start testing.”
Although unable to handpick his riders of choice, Suter is currently in talks with a variety of different teams. At present, he feels the company is well placed to offer direct support to four grid slots. Should there be greater demand, he would be prepared to stretch that support to eight.
“We are talking now to several teams. More or less we would like to have four bikes that we can directly support with new parts and development. Then if there are more riders we would make a maximum [for] eight riders. Not more.
“We can talk with teams, teams talk with us. At the moment nothing is fixed. At the moment there is nothing to talk about. But in general there is about three or four options. Let's see how it develops. In Aragon we'll know more.”
A great deal of surprise was expressed when the 2015 chassis list was revealed in the autumn of last year but Suter went on to speak of how the demand for the equipment that garners greatest success is a 'normal phenomenon' in racing.
Indeed, when asked to identify one fault in his approach to the 2014 campaign, in which Suter mounted riders won three of the 18 races, the continual search to offer riders technical solutions for their problems created more problems than good.
He explained, “Sometimes when one guy wins a championship on one bike everyone wants this bike. I think we also make a mistake. We always try too hard when looking for a technical solution. We always try to give the rider too many technical solutions and make many developments.
“This leads a little bit to the feeling for the rider that you always have technical possibilities to go quicker. Mainly on the Kalex you have your set-up and you need to work with this one and concentrate on going faster on the track. For sure Kalex did a very good job. We had not the best teams last year.
“If we have a good riders for sure, I think technically we can be on the very high level [in 2016]. Also last year we won three grand prix. It was not as though we were completely lost. But still the tendency was the riders thinking the Kalex is the better bike. Now when you see [Thomas] Luthi and [Dominique] Aegerter for instance, they're going not as good as last year. It means the bike was not a problem so it's mainly the rider needs to adapt to the bike and make a good job with it.”
The ex-racer, who competed in both 250 and 500cc world championships in the nineties, believes the 2016 bikes will be ready to deliver to teams in January, before the winter testing programme kicks off.
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