MADRID: QMMF riders Nasser Al Malki and Saeed Al Sulaiti are confident of turning their ‘satisfying’ qualifying times into better performances today when they take part in the second round of the CEV, the Spanish championship for young riders.
Al Malki, who finished in 10th spot in the qualifying session with a best time of 1:33.093, was pleased with his session yesterday
“I am happy for the last test session; the time that I did is a good time for tomorrow,” Al Malki said yesterday.
“At the beginning of the weekend, we had a few problems and we were a little bit confused with the setting, but today we fixed it and I had a good time lap,” the Qatari rider added.
“I tried to improve even more at the end of the qualifying but I started to have some problems with the front of the bike and I couldn’t.
“Thank so much to my team ... they had helped me a lot and I am very happy with the result. I want to thank the QMMF ... they are always supporting me.
“Tomorrow we start in the 10th position on the grid. I hope to be in the front and be able to fight for the top five,” Al Malki said.
Al Sulaiti, who was in 26th spot with a time of 1:35.462, said: “Yesterday in the free practice I had a big problem with the master brake. The brake was working and not working in the same practice session. In the next session, we changed the brakes but unfortunately the master brake is not the right size so all my confidence with the brakes were gone.”
Anthony West, the QMMF Moto2 rider, said Al Sulaiti was brought down by mechanical issues.
“It is being a very difficult weekend for Saeed. In the previous test, his times were better than the last year by a long way. But yesterday, he had lots of problems with the brakes and today he tried to push in the morning and had a crash. Then in the afternoon, it was quite windy and he could not improve,” West said.
“Now he is a little bit down and doesn’t have much confidence with the bike. Tomorrow he just has to try to do the best he can,” the Australian pointed out.
“Nasser finally is riding strongly. He is starting to ride in practices as he does in races, and the position he has for tomorrow, is a good position with chances to fight for the five first positions. I think Nasser will have a good race,” West added.