First non-factory 2012 1000cc MotoGP bike undegoes testing at Jerez

Eskil Suter's much-anticipated BMW-based racer takes to track in Spain

THE FIRST of the non-factory MotoGP bikes aiming to compete under the 2012 'Claiming Rule' banner has been tested this week at Jerez.

After numerous aborted attempts to test the machine earlier in the season, Eskil Suter's 1000cc MotoGP bike clocked up 39 laps in the hands of former Moto2 man Damian Cudlin.

The Swiss-built chassis coupled with BMW's S1000RR-based 1000cc engined tested at the Spanish track, posting a best time of 1:57.7, according to Compare that with Spaniard Dani Pedrosa's time of 1’39.425 at the Jerez MotoGP test on his Honda RC212V earler in the year.

It's believed British Moto2 man Scott Redding will take a ride on the 1000cc machine for the second day of the test.

Suter Racing supplied the chassis for the majority of the Moto2 class and like the latest production-based race bike borrows styling elements from the failed Ilmor X3 project, see images below for comparison.