QMMF Racing Team riders Anthony West of Australia and Roman Ramos of Spain pose for a picture with backroom staff at Losail International Circuit (LIC) yesterday. Rashid Al Sulaiti, Public Relations Manager at QMMF Racing Team is also seen.
BY RIZWAN REHMAT
DOHA: QMMF Racing Team riders Anthony West of Australia and Roman Ramos of Spain yesterday joined backroom staff at Losail International Circuit to unveil the team’s ‘fantastic’ livery that features bright red and white stripes.
West, who bagged two Moto2 podiums for QMMF Racing Team in the 2012 season, said he was delighted with the new colour combination on his bike.
“Yes, this looks fresh and now we have colours that reflect our racing passion,” West, 32, said. “Now everything seems to have come together nicely,” the Australian added.
“Now we can start looking like a racing team with amazing colours,” he said. “The colours that we had previously were good too but this shade clearly makes one feel like a rider. I am sure the sponsors will also love this combination. I definitely like this,” West added.
QMMF Racing Team will feature in the opening round of the Moto2 World Championship this coming Sunday
Ramos, 23, said: “I am looking forward to starting the season. I am under no pressure. It feels great because I am living my dream. I always wanted to be part of a world championship.”
The 2013 Spanish Championship winner added: “I am thankful to QMMF for giving me this chance. For a rider who has spent so many hours and races trying to be here, I am so happy to be living my dream.”
The Spaniard said: “I am glad my partner is Anthony. He is experienced. He has raced at so many circuits around the world. He gives me valuable tips. We work well as a team.”
Ramos is a replacement for Indonesia’s 19-year-old Rafid Topan who partnered West during last year’s Moto2 World Championship last year. Error-prone Topan failed to hold on to his spot as Ramos was swiftly signed up for the 2014 season.
West said: “Ramon is a rider with serious potential. He did great at the Spanish Championship last year. I saw him ride because I was with the Qatari riders featuring in the Spanish Championship. He can obviously pick up quick.”
The Australian explained: “We had a great time during pre-season testing. We feel everything has come together. I obviously like us to do well. I feel better than I was at the start of last year.”
Rashid Al Sulaiti, Public Relations Manager at QMMF Racing Team said: “We have a strong team now. We saw Ramon during the Spanish Championship. We watched him closely in the pre-season testing also. He avoided crashes and did really well.”
When asked about the new livery, Rashid said: “This looks great. The feedback we got from all our supporters is that the new livery looks menacing on the circuit. We are happy about the change.”
Team mechanic Luis Solano said: “This is the first race of the new season. We want everything to be in place and I am happy to say we are ready for the first race.”The Peninsula