Moto2™ chassis switches continue at Le Mans

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Three riders in the form of Gino Rea, Ratthapark Wilairot and Angel Rodriguez will all be lining up at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France at Le Mans on a different bike after confirming chassis switches this week.

Having already witnessed Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón switch from an FRT to a Suter chassis before the second race in Jerez, two further teams have followed suit in the search for better results. Gresini Moto2 riders, Rea on board the Federal Oil- and Wilairot on board the Thai Honda-sponsored machines, have switched from the Moriwaki chassis to the championship leading Suter. In addition, Desguaces La Torre SAG rider Rodriguez will line up on a Bimota HB4 chassis, while his teammate Marco Colandera will continue to evaluate the FTR both riders have been using so far.

Gino Rea, Federal Oil Gresini Moto2

"I am very pleased that the team have decided to change to the Suter chassis, which I think will prove to be a very positive step for us in the long run. It is not going to change my fortunes overnight because we have a lot of work to do in terms of adapting my riding style and setting up this new chassis to work with the Showa suspension."

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda Gresini Moto2

"For Le Mans we are making a good change to Suter. I have tried to watch videos to learn how to ride it but the first time won't be easy so I just hope that we have less problems than before."

Fausto Gresini, Gresini Moto2, Team Owner

"We have taken the decision to switch to Suter because our objective is always to improve and give our riders the opportunity to perform to their maximum potential. It wasn't an easy decision but it was one we had to take."

Angel Rodriguez, Desguaces La Torre SAG

"France is presented as a great opportunity to make a 180 degree change in our results, and changing of manufacturer is a step towards what we want. I had the opportunity to train with Bimota in Aragon in 2010 and Albacete in 2011. The results were not bad, so hopefully it will be of great help at Le Mans. "

Edu Perales, SAG Team, General Manager

"The manufacturer change stems from our desire to reach competitive positions. Rodri will ride on the 2012 Bimota chassis in Le Mans, and after this we will make a permanent decision after Rodri’s feedback on the French track."

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