We will have to update our CRT spotter’s guide, as BQR’s Avintia Blusens team has dropped its aluminum Suter frame in favor of Inmotec’s carbon/aluminum chassis for rider Spanish Ivan Silva. Making at least Silva’s side of the garage an all-Spanish affair for the team, BQR has reportedly been working with Inmotec since the pre-season, but opted for the British-designed FTR chassis for the start of the MotoGP Championship.
While BQR used an aluminum chassis from Inmotec in pre-race testing, the new chassis for Silva is said to be partially, if not completely, made of carbon fiber, and will make its debut at this weekend’s Spanish GP in Jerez. The Avintia Blusens team’s second rider, Colombian Yonny Hernandez, will remain on the FTR frame he started the season with, while both riders will continue to use a prepped Kawasaki ZX-10R motor for their CRT package.
The name Inmotec should sound familiar, as the Spanish MotoGP contingency had hoped to enter the premier class during the 800cc era. Unable to get its race package organized in time to go racing, Inmotec had been linked to a Norton MotoGP entry, and this winter worked with the BQR team on a custom chassis for the squad’s CRT entry. In Moto2 BQR is now using a Suter frame with Julian Simon, having dropped FTR at the Spanish rider’s request (Simon was on a Suter in the 2010 & 2011 seasons).