Suter denies building Ducati MotoGP chassis21/12/2012
By Dexter Fielding
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Legendary engineer Eskil Suter has denied he is building an aluminum chassis that will be used by the Ducati factory in MotoGP next season.
It has been an open secret that Bologna faxctory made a motor available to the Swiss after the Misano round in 2012 but Suter says he has no contract to make a full frame - even though his company has fabricated other parts.
"We have supplied input and data to Italy, but we haven’t got a contract to build a chassis, so far we haven’t made a single chassis part. We are waiting for more communication and information, but lately there have been some changes in management at Ducati," said Suter.
"We are a long term supplier of Ducati, for example couplings and axles, chain tensioners and shift levers in the past. We will provide whatever is required of us, the intention should be to strengthen the relationship and co-operation with us, but what components will be made ready for the future for Ducati is still open to discussion."
Suter has a successful working relationship with former BMW top man Bernhard Gobmeier, who takes over as Ducati Corse head honcho in 2013, which may further smooth the way.
"We have worked closely with him on the BMW chassis so for him to go to Ducati it is good for us to be friendly together, as it is always better if people ‘at the helm’ of a racing team knows you personally."