A BMW suit attended the launch of the IodaRacing Claiming Rules Team machine in Venice, helping to unveil the Suter-BMW that Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek will race this season.
But German BMW Sport manager Berthold Hauser made it very clear the German company is not interested in a factory effort in the MotoGP World Championship.
"We work with this team as we deliver our engines," Hauser said. "The collaboration will be narrower than in the past but because we want to get through this exercise more information. But there is no decision by BMW for a works participation in the MotoGP World Championship."
As further proof of BMW's lack of support for IodaRacing and MotoGP, German media reported Hauser stayed at the launch for just three minutes before being whisked away to the airport by a waiting car.
The Suter-BMW was a diabolical package last season for Forward Racing and rider Colin Edwards II. That team ditched the Suter frame and unpredictable electronics of the BMW engine for an FTR-Kawasaki combination this season.