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GP Week : Issue 58
>>Moto GPnews PRICES announced by Swiss racing manufacturer Suter Racing suggest that next year’s new 250cc replacement Moto2 could slash a huge proportion – perhaps as much as 70 percent – from the cost of competing at the top level. For less than €80,000, a team can Moto2 slashes costs purchase a race-ready chassis. While this will not incorporate mid-season developments – a more expensive option is available to include this top-level add-on at unspecified cost – the comparison with the current €1.2-million-plus-lease cost of a pair of top factory Aprilia remains striking. And at the end of the season, the team can keep the chassis, where lease machines have to be handed back. The Swiss concern, run by ex-racer Eskil oomed Suter, announced its chassis project at the German GP, inviting orders by the end of this week for production by December 15. Suter Racing will provide complete rolling chassis with full bodywork, lacking only the standard one-size-fits-all Honda engine and ancillary equipment (airbox, ECU, data system and dashboard) to be provided free of charge by Dorna. The latest price list offers three levels of machine. The Basic model is on sale for €69,104. Next comes the Standard model, with the Öhlins suspension and Brembo brakes upgraded, and magnesium OZ wheels. This costs €79.972. The third option, for a Factory Spec version, is offered to “one or two teams”, who will help with chassis development in return for development parts. Costs of spares and damage repair could almost double this budget, but it still represents a huge saving for a serious title attempt. Suter made his name building MotoGP chassis for Kawasaki and Ilmor, and has had impressive results racing a Yamaha-engined Moto2 prototype in Spain with the Laglisse team. 15