Suter Returns to Moto2 with a New Machine, Suzuki Explains what Their Buttons Do

2016 Suter MMX2 5 photos
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The Swiss high-tech engine and motorcycle development company Suter (Suter Racing Technology or SRT) introduces SRT MMX2, the all-new Moto2 bike for the 2016 season. Suter has already won three constructor titles in the intermediate class but is currently struggling in the 2015 season.
However, Suter is eyeing a strong return to the forefront of Moto2 next year, and their hopes lie with the new MMX2 race machine. SRT spent a lot of time analyzing how the class and the Moto2 machines changed lately and worked closely with their partners IodaRacing Team and JPMoto Malaysia to refine the MMX2 project and endow it with the best chances to dominate the class once more.

Testing is said to begin before the end of the summer, as Suter is at the end of the design stage. No mentions about the engine was made so far, as Suter only speaks about the rolling chassis.

MMX2 will sport a new frame and a new swingarm, while the rear suspension linkage was also upgraded. Suter also revised the range of adjustments that alter the bikes's geometry and road stance. The rider's position, the ergonomics and the aerodynamics of the bike have also been upgraded. We don't have any real-life photos of the Suter MMX2 Moto2 machine, but only the renderings you will find below.

Ever wondered what do all the buttons on the handlebars of a Suzuki MotoGP machine do?

In case you thought that MotoGP riders only have to use the throttle and brakes, and only have to touch anything else than the clutch when launching or coming to a full halt in front of their box, here's some neat insight courtesy of Suzuki Ecstar.

It's always nice when a MotoGP team offers such details about their bikes. Being predominantly a closed world full of prototypes and a place where secrets are kept very well, the premier class is a rather hermetic circle. So each time a manufacturer shares some info, we're happy to spread the word.

This time it's Suzuki who offers us a glimpse of what other things its riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales must do with their hands during a race.

On the left clip-on, you can see three buttons,with the yellow one in the center serving as a main menu one. The blue and red ones are user for navigating through the bike's quick menu and choosing the desired engine mapping. Failure to use the right setting may result in poor performance. Andrea Iannone could tell you more on choosing the wrong mapping, as he accidentally chose the Rain setting for his Ducati at the start of the Jerez round...

The right clip-on is loaded with even more buttons. The red one is also protected because it is the kill switch for the bike's engine. If a rider would accidentally press it while racing at full speed, a crash with very serious consequences would be one of the most probable outcome.

When riding in the wet, riders will press the lower green button. It lights up the rain taillight for better visibility in precarious weather conditions. Pressing the yellow engages the pit limiter, reducing the maximum speed to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) regardless of the engaged gear or throttle position.

Finally, the right blue button activates the launch control mode, a special setting that limits both wheel slip and wheelie effect when taking the start in a race.

As you see, here's more to being a MotoGP rider than knee dragging...
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