Here in part two of our five part series, we will be taking a look at the chassis that won the title in 2012, in the hands of Marc Marquez, the Swiss manufacturer Suter.
The Suter chassis was always the intricate foil to the Kalex‘s wide working range. It was always harder to set up, was always much more nervous (due to the shorter wheelbase), and yet when it was set up correctly, it was always able to match, and beat, the ubiquitous Kalex.
The Suter follows the tried-and-tested method of the twin spar aluminium frame, mated to a CNC-machined swingarm and Ohlins suspension.
The chassis weighs around the same as the Kalex, although we do not have an offical weight in order to verify this. They run the Suter-made slipper clutch alongside the control gearbox and engine, with the frame being a fully adjustable twin-spar chassis, which much like the other bikes in class has the ability to adjust the wheelbase, the suspension geometry and ride height to suit the rider. The swingarm is also made in house, and will be a big part of the MV Agusta Moto2 project in 2019, made of aluminium and CNC machined to match the frame. The suspension it is mated to is Ohlins made, using upside down forks and a single-chamber shock. Much like the Kalex, it also has an aluminium fuel tank and is shrouded in carbon fibre bodywork.
Suter do have the honour of being the winners of the first ever Moto2 race, in Qatar in 2010 in the hands of the late Shoya Tomizawa. They have a total of 32 wins in the class since it’s inception, the second most after Kalex. They’ve not won since the last race of 2014 however, an all-swiss affair in Valencia won by Thomas Luthi.
Will Suter manage to make the Triumph 765cc engine work in conjunction with MV Agusta in 2019? It looks extremely unlikely they will take a win in 2018 using the Honda 600cc engine, so will they be able to win the first race of the Moto2 reset?
We have taken a look at Kalex already, soon we will look at the remaining three chassis’- Speed Up, KTM and NTS.
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