Congratulations on a fantastic sixth place win to the first ever all women Qatar Endurance Race woman’s motorcycle endurance racing team. Riders Nina Prinz, Nikolett Kovacs and Paola Cazzola placed were hoping just to finish so the teams 6th place is a superb achievement and ahead of the BMW from Van Zon Boenig Motorsport school Penz13 RT! The 8 Hours of Doha in Qatar is the last round of the “Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship” and of course, where the 2011 World Champion will be crowned.
This year the QMMF (Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation) presented two teams for the Doha 8 hr and one of those was all female, marking the first time that a team was 100% formed by women riders.
Another first conquered for women in motorcycling!
With the support of the FIM ‘Women in Motorcycling’ Commission, the Qatar Endurance Racing Team entered an extra team, composed of the three renowned female motorcycle racers alongside the QMMF’s regular team. Riding the QERT Suzuki # 96 motorcycle these three European women included German rider Nina Prinz. Nina has proven herself in the IDM, the International German Superbike championship, as well as in the European Superstock Women’s Championship. Prinz had the support from Italian Paola Cazzola who has also made strong impressions in the European Superstock Women’s Championship as well as in the ‘Feminine Italian Championship’. Additional rider, Hungarian 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 Qatar Endurance Race team, the feminine trio obtained the 22nd best time on the provisional starting grid. ‘’I love the Losail racetrack”, said Nina Prinz. 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, “…our target is to reach the end of the race”.
Here the video interview brief of the girls before the race.
A 52 minutes highlights programme of the 8 Hours of Doha will also be broadcast next week on several TV channels around the world:
- Speed Channel – Australia
- TV Meridiano – Venezuela
- Sport TV – Portugal
- Moto TV – Italy
- ESPN – EMEA
- Eurosport – FIM TV