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Home Heroes: QMMF Racing Team

Home Heroes: QMMF Racing Team

The QMMF Racing Team have been a consistent competitor in the Moto2™ World Championship since 2011, achieving victory along the way.

First emerging in 2011 as a full time entry in the Moto2™ World Championship, the QMMF Racing Team have built steadily on their modest beginnings. Backed by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation, the team has always aimed to promote motorsport in Qatar. They started with Mashel Al Naimi, a Qatari rider, and Spanish rider Ricky Cardus. The Spaniard scored the teams first points at the year’s third round in Portugal when he finished 14th. This first year saw them compete on the Moriwaki frame, the same bike Toni Elias had used to win the title a year before hand.

For 2012 they recruited the experienced Australian Anthony West to run alongside Elena Rosell, the first woman to compete in the Moto2™ class. The team started with Moriwaki machinery but switchde to Speed Up mid year. West had a strong season but his results were voided due to a failed drugs test while Rosell had a best finish of 19th.

Remaining with Speed Up equipment and drafting in Indonesian rider Rafid Topan Sucipto alongside West, the Australian ended the year with three point scoring finishes while Sucipto gained valuable race knowledge.

It was in 2014 with Anthony West once again as their rider that QMMF Racing had their big breakthrough, the Australian winning a thrilling Dutch GP and displaying his mastery of wet conditions. West finished 12th in the standings that year, the best result for the QMMF Racing Team since moving to the world stage. Alongside this incredible achievement, they also continued to provide Mashel Al Naimi with wildcards for his home round. The German GP also saw them run three bikes, German Nina Prinz, who raced in the domestic Qatar series, getting her Moto2™ debut.

Anthony West then began the 2015 season with QMMF Racing, hoping to challenge for yet more podiums. Although he scored points on seven occasions, West and the team parted ways after the San Marino GP and the Australian was replaced by Mika Kallio. Julian Simon contested the entire season with the team and ended 18th.

The team are once again hoping for a strong year in 2016, Simon joined by Grand Prix winner Xavier Simeon. Running two of the three Speed Up bikes on the Moto2™ grid ensures a high level of support, Simon’s experience frequently called upon to assess new parts. With two riders who have proven capable of multiple podium finishes, all involved are hoping for their strongest year yet.

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Moto2, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Julian Simon, Xavier Simeon, QMMF Racing Team

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