Just a week after announcing its immediate departure from the Moto2 World Championship, Swiss chassis manufacturer Suter will join forces with Forward Racing for the 2018 season.
After a tough 2017 campaign – in which the manufacturer’s first win since 2014 was revoked following a technical infringement with the Kiefer Racing team at Misano – and the rise in form of new entrant KTM, Suter’s already low representation dwindled to just to the Intact GP team for next season.
With team owner Eskil Suter feeling the financial strain of racing in Moto2 could not be justified by supplying just one team with chassis, he announced Suter’s immediate withdrawal from the series.
However, a week later, Forward Racing has confirmed it will run Suter frames in 2018 after both of its riders Eric Granado and Stefan Manzi heaped praise on the frame having run it back-to-back with the Kalex chassis the team used in 2017 in a recent test.
The tie-up with Forward – who ran Suter frames in Moto2 from 2010 through to 2012 – is also set to include a ‘stimulating test program’ in preparation for the arrival of Triumph as sole engine supplier for the 2019 season.
“Both riders were immediately able to post competitive laptimes and recognise the high potential of the Swiss motorcycle, which lead to the decision to race with Suter machinery during next season,” a Forward Racing statement read.
“The team around (team owner) Giovanni Cuzari, is now eagerly waiting for the arrival of the new 2018 motorcycles in order to prepare in the best possible way for the upcoming season.
“This collaboration is not restricted to be a simple material supply, but includes a stimulating test program especially, but not exclusively, in view of the preparations of the 2019 world championship.”
Team boss Cuzari added: I’m very happy to work again with Suter Industries, which were a vital part at the beginning of our Moto2 experience.
“This is a return to the origins; looking back to the past I see not only the same bike supplier but also Milena Koerner (team manager), who started the Moto2 experience with us.
“I still have very good memories of these years, the start of everything, a period of hard work that has rewarded us with fantastic results.
“During my latest visit to the headquarters, seven years after my last trip to Turbenthal, I saw great progress and a lot of investments made by this company and I think that Suter Industries is the only engineering in the championship that could bring important updates race by race.”
The Intact GP team announced shortly after Suter’s withdrawal from the championship that it would run Kalex machinery for its 2018 campaign.