Bikes: Team QMMF rider Saeed Al Sulaiti in the points after opening round of Euro Superbike Championship
Apr 26th 2015 –FIM CEV, 1st race – Portugal- Team QMMF return to the FIM CEV series with renewed energy and with the aim of fighting for top positions with rider Saeed Al Sulaiti, who already participated in the series in 2013. This time, the Qatari team compete in the Superbike class. The first race of the year was challenging for Saeed, as he faced a completely unfamiliar track. The Qatari, part of the QMMF structure in the Endurance World Championship, was unable to attend testing scheduled at the Portimao circuit because of a clash with the first race of the endurance series. He thus began without references at a circuit known for being extremely hilly. Both the team and Saeed were up to the challenge, and scored points in the first round of the Superbike European Championship. #95 Saeed Al Sulaiti, 16th & 15th-“The weekend has been good for me. In the first free practice I focused on learning the track, since it was the first time that I had ridden at this circuit. I could not test here because it coincided with the race at Le Mans but, in any case, we managed to improve with every lap and got a good time in the qualifying session. In the first race things went well for the first few laps, but the bike began to shake and that made me lose positions on the final laps. It meant I dropped from thirteenth to seventeenth. For the second race we ran a better setup, that allowed me to claim my first championship point. I am very happy with the work we’ve done, and the result, so I want to thank the team, QMMF and the President for giving me the opportunity to return to this championship”. Luis Solano – Team Coordinator-“We are very happy with this start to the season, because we achieved very positive results. For Saeed this was his first experience in Portimao and he is used to flat circuits like Qatar, so this track is like a rollercoaster for him and involved added difficulty. The positions obtained today are an excellent way to start the season. In the first race he lacked a bit of pace and was on the verge of entering the points, but in the second race he came out very motivated and claimed his first points in the championship. This is very positive because it places us in a good starting point, and I think that in the coming races we can be fighting to get amongst the top ten. The next races are at circuits that Saeed knows, and this will help us to fight for these positions”.