Endurance Racing team ready for ‘8 Hours’ of Doha
MIR BASIT HUSSAIN DOHA
QATAR Edurance team is ready for the second round of the Endurance World Championship 2012 to be held at the Lusail International circuit.
Talking at a press conference, QMMF president Nasser Khalifa al Atiyyah thanked the FIM Women’s commission for their support and also praised the presence of Anthony West in the team. “QMMF is pleased to have women riders in the sport and we are proud to give them a chance. I thank the FIM women’s commission for supporting this event again. Also, Anthony West will add to the value of this team and with the help of his experience he will prove to be a good teacher for other riders, “said Atiyyah.
Anthony West said that he had undertaken a race like this one years ago in 7 hours in Japan and this race is going to be something new.
He also said that the circuit at Lusail is a ‘physical’ one.
“Lusail is a nice track with fast corners but it is a very physical track as there are a lot of corners with no time to rest, “ said the Australian rider.
Nasser al Malki, who is back from the Spanish Championship in Moto2 category, sounded high on confidence.
“I have great teammates, Anthony and Prinz, and we will have a good strategy for the race, “ said Malki.
Nina Prinz, one of the female riders in the team, expressed her gratitude to QMMF for giving her the opportunity to take part in the Endurance race again.
Prinz also mentioned that she had worked hard to beat the heat of the desert. “I thank the federation for giving me this opportunity once again. This is not an easy event and we hope for good results. Moreover, I have been training a lot to withstand the heat and I am quite confident about the race,” said Prez, who is from Germany.
Spaniard Elena Rosell, who has taken part in a 24- hours Endurance race in Catalunya, pointed out that she is quite excited about the event. “I thank the QMMF for this wonderful opportunity.
It is a great thing to be a participant in an Endurance race. I am really excited about it, “said Rosell.
The Qatari duo in the team, Saeed al Sulaiti and Sultan al Sulaiti were as excited and ready as their foreign teammates.” I am learning a lot this year. The opportunities provided by QMMF have helped my experience grow by leaps and bounds. I am more confident now and I hope my performance will show that, “ said Saeed al Sulaiti.
Sultan said that he just wanted to be on the podium.
“I will try my best to be a part of the podium as I did years ago. I hope we repeat that feat again, “said Sultan al Sulaiti.