Bei den 8 Stunden von Doha endurance, gab es erstmals ein Frauenteam: QERT Suzuki #96 bestehend aus:
- Nina Prinz, Deutschland
- Nikolett Kovacs, Ungarn
- Paola Cazzola, Italien
The QMMF, Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation, is making history in Doha. With the support of the FIM "Women in Motorcycling" Commission, the Qatar Endurance Racing Team entered an extra team, composed with 3 female riders alongside their regular team. The QERT Suzuki #96 motorcycle has three European women, with German rider Nina Prinz who has proven herself in the IDM, the International German Superbike championship, as well as in the European Superstock Womens Championship. Prinz has the support from Italian Paola Cazzola who has also made a strong impression in the European Superstock Women's Championship as well as in the 'Feminine Italian Championship'. Hungarian lady, Nikolett Kovacs performed well enough in the European Supersport Championship to receive a wild-card ride for the World Supersport championship round in Misano.
With the technical support of the regular QERT team, the feminine trio obtained the 22nd best time on the provisional starting grid. "I love the Losail racetrack", said Nina Prinz, "but none of us knew the track so we can only improve our lap times tomorrow". When asked about the difficulties of an 8 Hour race for a woman, Paola Cazzola replied "...for this kind of race, the mental strength is as important as the physical strength"and "...this adventure is important for all women riders", added Nikolett Kovacs, "...and our target is to reach the end of the race".
Katar Losail International Circuit
Streckenbeschreibung des Losail International Circuit in Katar