Leopard Racing has confirmed it will switch from Kalex to Suter machinery in Moto2 next season - and has signed Dominique Aegerter alongside Danny Kent.
The Suter deal was reported by Crash.net at Aragon
, but Aegerter's appointment is something of a surprise.
Nevertheless, the move makes sense for the Swiss rider, who claimed his best grand prix results - including a victory - with Suter and has managed just one podium since the CarXpert Interwetten team switched to Kalex in 2015.
“I am very happy with the Suter partnership that will begin in 2017," said Leopard Racing COO Miodrag Kotur. "We have confidence in the know-how and the desire Suter have to be competitive when they return with our riders and our structure.
"Leopard Racing wants to engage deeply in the World Championship and take the necessary steps to fight with the best for the title. Team Manger Stefan Kiefer is already working to strengthen the team with senior technicians.”
Suter – Moto2 constructors' champion in 2010, 2011 and 2012, plus riders' champion with Marc Marquez in 2012 – withdrew from the championship this season citing a lack of interest from top teams, but is making a factory return in 2017.
“Primarily we are looking forward to cooperate with such ambitious and well-structured partners as Leopard and Kiefer," Eskil Suter said of the Leopard partnership. "We have common, high goals and are fortunate to equip with a very strong team with the new Suter MMX2.
"Concerning the return of Domi Aegerter to the Suter Family, we are pleased of course. We know what performance he is capable of.”
Dynavolt Intact (Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrotter) have already confirmed they will run the new Suter chassis.
Kent's current Leopard team-mate Miguel Oliveira is joining the new KTM Moto2 project in 2017.