After taking a year's sabbatical, Suter now returns to the Moto2 championship with the new MMX2, which it entrusts to riders Danny Kent and Dominique Aegerter. The new team was presented at the Nurburgring ahead of testing that will take place this week at Valencia, and then later in the month at Jerez. The bike's graphics stand out, with one white side and one black side.
"Our DNA with two-wheels racing is indispensable for our company - explains Eskil Suter - Our participation at the world-famous TT at the Isle of Man with our MMX500 was crucial. This road race, which is really pure, hard and true racing, has contributed significantly to our decision."
Technical Director Alex Giussani provided some additional details: "the 2017 MMX2 is principally a complete new development. However, this bike is based on our six-year experience in Moto2. This means that chassis, swingarm and all other important components are completely new whereas, however, the aerodynamics package is an advanced development. In this bike, we see the result of our experience gained in the past and what we have learned in Moto2, Moto3 and in all different classes in which we have participated."
For its return, one of the riders the team is betting on is Danny Kent, Moto3 world champ in 2015 and already in Moto2 last year with the Kalex.
"After the long winter break I’m really happy that things will start seriously with our completely new project - stated the Brit - I'm already looking forward to getting back to work on track next week in Valencia. I’ve a great relationship with Stefan and Jochen Kiefer. And now we made the switch to Suter bikes which is an additional motivation for me. So, we’ll start with a new package even if we had already a two-day test last November with it. This first roll-out with the Suter prototype went really well, bringing promising findings. I had a good feeling with the bike from the beginning and I’m sure that the engineers in Suter did a great job during the winter. I won’t speak about expectations and targets ahead of the season but foremost I’m very keen to work hard with my new crew during pre-season testing’s in order to prepare in the possible way for this season. Then we’ll see what happens."
Alongside him is Domique Aegerter, who already raced with Suter in 2013 and 2014.
“Those were my two best years, my win at the Sachsenring topped off this collaboration - he recalled - The Suter is my baby and I cannot wait to ride it again”.