MotoGP prototype with BMW S1000RR engine
Testing to begin in August
Suter, which produces the MMX chassis used on 13 out of approximately 40 motorcycles that make up the Moto2 grid, plans to enter the new prototype in the 2012 MotoGP Championship when engine capacity rules move up to 1000cc. Suter chief Eskil Suter says the prototype should be ready to test this summer.
“We think we can have the bike on track already in July,” Suter told European racing website GPOne.com. “We would like to be ready for the second MotoGP test at Brno in mid-August. Our rider would likely be Roberto Rolfo, who is already our test rider for Moto2.”
The new MotoGP regulations will limit engines to at most four cylinders, a maximum displacement of 1000cc and a maximum bore of 81 mm. The four-cylinder BMW S1000RR engine displaces 999cc, and has a bore of 80 mm, so it meets those qualifications, as do the inline four powerplants from the Big Four Japanese manufacturers. As seen in Motorcycle.com’s 2010 Literbike Shootout, however, the stock BMW S1000RR has class-leading horsepower, making it a potent, yet affordable, option for prospective MotoGP teams such as Suter.