Swiss chassis manufacturer Suter has announced it has withdrawn from the Moto2 World Championship effective immediately.
Suter proved to be the dominant force in the intermediate class upon its switch to the 600cc Honda–powered four–stroke formula in 2010, with the firm winning the manufacturers’ title for three seasons in a row.
In 2012, providing the Catalunya Caixa Repsol Team with a chassis, Suter claimed its one and only riders’ title in Moto2 courtesy of now four–time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.
Since then, however, success has dwindled for the Swiss company, with its last win in the class coming in 2014. With the grid turning more and more to Kalex chassis, Suter withdrew from the series at the end of 2015.
It returned with a brand–new chassis for the 2017 campaign, but success still proved elusive – with a win at Misano for Dominique Aegerter and Kiefer Racing revoked due to a technical infringement.
With Kalex once again taking the riders’ and manufacturers’ title, and KTM evolving into a race–winning package over the course of the season, Suter‘s representation for 2018 had reduced to just the Dynavolt Intact Team.
A statement from team owner Eskil Suter cited the minimal presence on the 2018 grid, ‘from a strategical point of view,’ meant justifying the expense of Moto2 was impossible.
Since the announcement, Dynavolt Intact GP – who will field former Tech3 rider Xavi Vierge and Marcel Schrotter next season – will return to Kalex chassis for 2018.
Five manufacturers will be present on the grid next year, with Kalex, KTM, Tech3, Speed Up and new entrant NTS all providing teams with chassis.