Suter Industries announced at the end of the season that they were withdrawing from Moto2 and would not be providing chassis’ to the championship this year, however this was a shortlived decision as they announce a partnership with Forward Racing for 2018 and beyond.
After announcing in November that they were to leave the championship, they reversed that decision just a week later after being present at the test in Jerez where Forward Racing riders Stefano Manzi and Eric Granado were able to lap quicker with the Suter chassis compared to their Kalex edition. After this test, the riders expressed a desire to use the chassis next season and after some discussion the engineering firm agreed to supply the team going forward.
Although only two teams used Suter chassis’ in 2017, Kiefer racing and Intact GP the Swiss company has a track record of success in the class with 3 world championships under their belt, including Marc Marquez’s intermedicate class title in 2012. By continuing in the class and committing to supplying Forward until 2019 hopefully the fortunes of the engineering firm will improve and provide a more competitive landscape in the future.
Since we had already virtually finished the 2018 material anyway, we have now agreed to enter into the cooperation with Forward Racing, especially with the view of the development of the new machine for 2019 with long term perspective. Our engineering work for the new Moto2 class bikes with the conversion to the new engines from 2019 has been running since many months. We will certainly put a competitive motorcycle on the wheels, and with Forward we have a testing platform on GP level. – Eskil Suter