QMMF Racing confirms Elena Rosell as regular Moto2 entry for 2012 season

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QMMF Racing Team is in hot contest for the Moto2 World Championship 2012: Elena Rossell from Valencia/Spain, the only woman in Grand Prix Racing, signed up to ride for the team of Qatar’s Motorcycle Federation. Whereas the 25-year-old approaches her first complete Grand Prix season as a learning experience, her 28-year-old teammate Damian Cudlin from Australia will throw in years of experience on all kinds of racing bikes to ensure strong results from the very first race, which will be held on April 8th at Qatar.

Elena, who grew up with motorcycles but also practiced other extreme sports such as taekwondo and triathlon, started racing in 2002 and moved up to the Spanish Championship in the Supersport category in 2005. In 2008, she won the European Championship in the women’s class and in 2010 she started to compete in the Stock Extreme category of the Spanish Championship before making her Grand Prix debut with three Moto2 races in 2011.

Elena Rosell: “I am really happy! To be able to do a full Moto2 World Championship season is a dream coming true and I would like to thank QMMF for their trust in me. Things are happening very fast. Three years ago I started in the Kawasaki Ninja Cup, two years ago I moved up to the Spanish Championship, last year I had my first wild card entries in Moto2 and now I am approaching my first full season in the World Championship – it’s unbelievable! Despite my rapid progress I know that this year in the QMMF team will be very difficult for me. Everything is new and my main job will be to learn. The start of the season will be especially hard, but I don’t mind because I always had to work very hard in my life to achieve things. I am ready for the challenge. I am really motivated, because I know my new team has great potential, they are very professional but also very kind. I had a shoulder injury last year, but I am fully recovered and I’m training very hard with supermotard and motocross bikes, in the gym, running, mountain biking and swimming, in order to be in best possible shape when the season starts.”

Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, President of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation: “I am delighted with our new rider line-up. Everybody in the QMMF team is very motivated and we all look forward to a good start of the 2012 season. We can expect a strong performance and good results from both our new riders and we want to thank Dorna, IRTA, DMM Motorsport and of course QMMF for their ongoing support. Elena Rossell is the first ever female rider in the Moto2 category, and her progress in world championship racing will not only create keen interest of the hardcore race fans, but will also be an inspiration for many other people in our modern society. Our development rider Damian Cudlin is a promising rider and we believe he will do a very good job for our team. With Moriwaki as a manufacturer, the QMMF team has a fantastic technical base. Together, we will strive to become competitive on the highest level!”

Source: QMMF Racing

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