SACHSENRINg: After his sensational win in the Moto2 race at the Dutch motorcycle Grand Prix meet in Assen last month, QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West had a strong start to the German Grand Prix.
The 32-year-old Australian was down in 21st place in the first free practice session but jumped up to 14th in the afternoon after some set-up changes that gave him more stability with the brakes and more rear-tyre grip at the Sachsenring racing circuit with its long corner combinations.
“This morning was a little difficult because the track conditions weren’t perfect and the bike set-up was quite nervous. In the afternoon, we made a change to the bike and it felt more stable under braking, but I still had problems with rear-tyre grip. At the very end of the session, we made another change, which seemed to make a big improvement. I went a lot faster, was more consistent and felt a lot better with the bike as far as grip and turnings go. I still think we need to do more, but I am happy with our progress,” West said.
His team-mate Roman Ramos also did well after some changes to his Speed Up prototype, booking a promising 27th place in the morning session before dropping back to 31st in the afternoon after an experiment with the engine settings.
While Ramos reached the half-way point of his first-ever world championship season, QMMF Racing Team’s wild card entry, German Nina Prinz, competed in the first-ever Grand Prix of her career.
The 31-year-old lady racer, a regular front runner in the national Superbike championship of Qatar, is the first female German in Grand Prix racing since the times of 250cc star Katja Poensgen 11 years ago. Regardless of her 34th position after day one, Prinz said it was a dream come true.
“Back in 2012, QMMF tried for the first time to offer me a Grand Prix experience, which was rejected due to the age limit for wild card entries. Since this age limit was cancelled in the meantime, our second application went through with no problems whatsoever and I am very happy that I finally got this opportunity,” she said.
“I want to thank QMMF for making this possible and making my dream come true! We now have to try to make the best out of this chance even though it is difficult to adjust to this category in only one race. In order to prepare us for this Grand Prix, we went testing in Aragón, which went well. But after riding 1000cc Superbikes for such a long time, it’s not easy for me to adapt to the 600cc, which has less power and thus requires a different riding style. Today, we started well but, unfortunately, I couldn’t improve in the second session because we had a few small electronic problems. I hope to be able to speed up tomorrow.” Prinz added.