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Forward Racing has announced that it will use Suter bikes in the 2018 Moto2 season, despite Suter recently announcing its departure from the series.
Suter has reversed its decision to leave the MotoGP’s Moto2 as Forward Racing has announced it will use the manufacturer’s bikes in 2018.
Suter has been a mainstay of Moto2 since its creation in 2010 and announced its withdrawal after Kiefer – one of its two 2017 teams – switched to KTM.
But Forward Racing has now announced it will bring its three-year spell with Kalex machinery to an end in order to take a Suter supply next year.
Forward says it will carry out a “stimulating test programme” with focus on 2019, and is pleased to have secured Suter’s supply.
“I’m very happy to work again with Suter Industries, which were already a vital part at the beginning of our Moto2 experience,” said Forward boss Giovanni Cuzari.
“This is a return to the origins; 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.
“I think that Suter Industries is the only engineering in the championship that could bring important updates race by race.”
Suter’s reversal means that the 2018 Moto2 field will have six different chassis, with the Swiss manufacturer joining Kalex, KTM, Speed Up, Tech 3 and NTS.
Forward Racing will enter the 2018 season with former Sky VR46 protege Stefano Manzi and Brazilian rider Eric Granado.