Swiss team will race with the Swiss manufacturer from 2018
Forward Racing have announced that they will be racing with Suter machinery from 2018 on, with the intermediate class outfit’s riders Eric Granado and Stefano Manzi having tested out the new bikes at Jerez with positive results and feedback.
The collaboration extends to a test program that is especially but not exclusively designed to prepare for the 2019 season, when the intermediate class engine supplier will change to Triumph. At the same time, it marks a return to their roots for Forward, with Suter having been the first supplier for the team during their initial year of Moto2™. Moreover, Suter Industries is one of only two engineering companies in the Moto2™ World Championship capable of realising a complete motorcycle in-house – with Suter’s setup cited as a key reason for the switch, which creates an all-Swiss combination that the team will hope to take to winning ways in future.
“I'm very happy to work again with Suter Industries, which were already a vital part at the beginning of our Moto2 experience,” says Team Principal Giovanni Cuzari. “This is a return to the origins; looking back to the past I see not only the same bike supplier but also Milena Koerner, 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, 7 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.”
Race by race starts in March, but first the team will be back on track in preseason testing in the new year as they settle in to the switch.