Recently at the Losail circuit, German rider Nina Prinz, aboard the QERT Suzuki 95, along with team mates Anthony West and Nasser Al Malki won in the Superstock category for QERT Racing team in the 8 Hours of Doha and finished 5th overall in the endurance event. This victory for a mixed crew is a first in the history of FIM Endurance!
The Qatar Endurance Racing Team (QERT) fielded by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) is in the vanguard of the FIM’s campaign to promote Women in Motorcycling. In 2011, the QERT entered an all-female line-up in the 8 Hours of Doha with Nina Prinz, Paola Cazzola and Nikolett Kovacs.
Nina Prinz also shone in the Qatar International Road Racing Championship (QIRRCH) this winter. Despite taking part in only four out of the season’s six races, Nina came fourth in the QIRRCH, which Alex Cudlin won for the third year running.
The next challenge for Nina Prinz is the Moto2 class of the German Motorcycle Grand Prix event at the Sachsenring on 8 July. She has been given a wild card to defend the colours of the QMMF alongside this season’s two QMMF Moto2 riders, Anthony West and Elena Rosell.
Prinz will meet with controversy over her wild card and may not be able to race as she has reached the age limit for wild card riders allowed to compete in Moto2. According to the FIM rule 1.10.1: “for the Moto2 class, the age limit for wild card riders is 28 at the 1st of January of the corresponding Championship year” and Prinz was born November 5th, 1982 which will make her thirty this year.
The second woman riding in the 8 Hours of Doha, Elena Rosell, was aboard the QERT Suzuki 96. The Spanish rider and her Qatari team mates had to drop out with a broken engine.
Nina Prinz states, “After getting on to the podium at the Qatar International Road Racing Championship, I am really happy to get a win in Endurance. I have learned a lot with Alex Cudlin in the QIRRCH. This Championship in Qatar is perfect for me. The standard is high and it takes place in winter when we can’t ride in Germany. Now I have another chance to make progress as the President of the QMMF is offering me a wild card in Moto2 for the GP at Sachsenring in Germany in early July.”