Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7

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Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7

Sold for £ 46,000 (US$ 57,909) inc. premium
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer
2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 054-006
Engine no. 104EA27116E7
• One of the first 'CRT' Grand Prix motorcycles
• BMW engine
• Entered by Forward Racing in 2012
• Overhauled at the end of 2013

'Colin Edwards was the CRT poster boy, the highest profile rider to throw his weight behind Dorna's grid-boosting scheme. His Suter-BMW was the most extensively tested CRT ahead of 2012...' – Motocourse.

The machine offered here belongs to what can now be seen as a 'passing phase' of Moto GP history: the CRT era. Faced with escalating costs and dwindling participation (at the 2011 Australian GP there were only 14 starters and 10 finishers in the premier class) Moto GP series owners Dorna came up with a lower-cost 'Claiming Rule Teams' (CRT) category to run alongside the factory prototypes. The idea was that CRT teams would run production-based engines in prototype chassis, and that engines would be claimable by factory teams for a set fee of €25,000, though why a factory team would want to acquire a tuned road-bike engine was never explained. In the event, none ever did.

The introduction of CRT for the 2012 season coincided with the switch from 800cc to 1,000cc engines with a maximum permitted bore size of 81mm. BMW's road-going S1000RR superbike had an 80mm bore, and some teams focussed their attention on the German motor; indeed, the first CRT prototype to be demonstrated was the BMW-engined offering built by the Swiss firm, Suter Racing Technology. Founded in 1996 by ex-racer Eskil Suter, SRT designed and built the Petronas FP1 World Superbike contender and by the time the CRT category arrived was already a major supplier of chassis for the Moto 2 class.

Let go by Yamaha's satellite squad, Tech 3, at the end of the 2011 season, GP veteran Colin Edwards was one of the first riders to embrace the new class, signing with NGM Mobile-sponsored Forward Racing to ride their BMW-engined Suter MMX1. Despite the Suter's extensive testing, Edwards found the 2012 season challenging as the team struggled with their untried Bosch electronics. The season started well enough with 12th place in the first round at Quatar, but that promising start was followed by a disheartening string of DNFs. Things picked up from the German round, with Edwards scoring points in seven of the next 11 races, ending the season with 27 points and in 20th place in the World Championship. Forward Racing switched to the FTR-Kawasaki for 2013.

The machine offered here, '054-006', was sold to S&B Motorsports at the end of 2012 and in 2013 gained 'wild card' entries under the Remus Racing Team banner at the Brno and Valencia Moto GP rounds. Ridden by Austrian Martin Bauer, '054-006' finished 21st at Brno and 20th at Valencia. At the end of the 2013 season, the engine, transmission, and electrics were overhauled by S&B Motorsport, who are able to provide support with service, maintenance, and parts supply in the future. The machine was last used in 2016 for a promotional film for Remus exhausts. A rare opportunity to acquire a genuine Moto GP machine ridden by one of the most charismatic and best-loved stars of recent times.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 104EA27116E17. To receive a short video of the machine's starting procedure including its external heating mechanism please contact [email protected]
Contacts
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
Ex-Colin Edwards, Martin Bauer,2012 Suter MMX1 Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. 054-006 Engine no. 104EA27116E7
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