Danny Kent began a new chapter in his Moto2 career by completing his first Suter during post-season testing at Jerez.
Returning to Moto2 as the reigning Moto3 world champion, Kent had struggled to 22nd in this year's world championship. Although remaining with Kiefer, the Englishman will have a new chassis and crew chief for 2017.
Suter, world champion's with Marc Marquez in 2012, temporarily withdrew from Moto2 due to a lack of interest from front-running teams. The Swiss manufacturer is returning next season with official backing for the Kiefer and Dynavolt teams.
Kent was the quickest Suter at the Jerez test, setting the fourth best lap time, 0.353s from Honda Team Asia (Kalex) rider Takaaki Nakagami. Kalex won every Moto2 race this season.
"We had two great days with the new Suter in Jerez," Kent declared. "I'm happy with the result. I liked my new machine right from the start and felt more comfortable with each lap. I think we have done a good job and made clear progress, as was shown by my improving lap times.
"From my point of view, it was also important to be able to get back on a racing machine immediately after the last race of the season, and pick up where we left off last Sunday. Communication with my new crew chief is already working very well.
"Jerez has boosted our self-confidence and we can be much more relaxed going into the winter break. The motivation for the new season is already very high. Again, a big thanks to the team for all their efforts this year. I look forward to continuing the work with them in February."
New team-mate Dominique Aegerter was returning to a chassis with which he spent his first five years in Moto2, including a victory in 2014. Aegerter, who missed the final rounds of this season due to his Kiefer switch, set the seventh fastest lap time (+0.583s).
"I am very satisfied with my first test in my new team," he said. "The weather was great on both days and we were able to go through our program completely. On the second day, I was able to significantly improve my lap time. With my 42.8 I was just half a second above the best time. This is, of course, a pleasing result of the first real test with the Suter racing machine.
"The feeling is getting better and we are also constantly making progress as the bike is adapted to my needs. Danny set a '42.6, which is very encouraging for the whole team. Of course, there is still plenty of room for further improvements, as a glance at the timesheet also confirmed.
"But for the time being, the most important thing is that the atmosphere in the team is good, people are doing a great job and also know what they are doing. Both days went smoothly and that gives us a lot of confidence before we go into the winter break."
Kiefer were testing without Leopard branding, suggesting the energy drink will not continue as title sponsor in 2017.