Rosell aiming for safe race finish at Estoril: “Things aren’t too bad!”
Team QMMF rider Elena Rosell battled hard and managed to further improve her lap time at her first Grand Prix on the difficult Estoril circuit, but still holds 31st position on the starting grid. The main aim of the only female rider in Grand Prix racing is to finish the race tomorrow and to gain as much experience as possible.
Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, QMMF team owner: “Elena competes for the first time at a Grand Prix here at Estoril and she needs time to learn this circuit and all the other tracks in the championship calendar. The most important thing for her is to finish the races and to gain race experience. It was a pity that she crashed out of the last race at Jerez and I hope she’ll be able to make it to the chequered flag here at Estoril. She has the potential to be very competitive and the fact that she has such an experienced rider as a team-mate will help her to get the knowledge she needs!”
Elena Rosell – 31st in 1.45,154
“Qualifying is over and I brought the bike home in one piece. The other good thing is that we went faster by about half a second from session to session, so we are on the right track. My main problem is that the bike moves a lot when I open the throttle on the corner exit, and since I had this pre-season injury, right now I simply don’t have the physical strength that I had last year to control the bike. I couldn’t exercise for a month and a half, so even though I was able to repeat my best time several times, it was a very tiring qualifying session for me. Once I am back to full fitness, I will be able to go faster for sure. But considering it’s my first Grand Prix here at Estoril, things aren’t too bad!”
Source: QMMF Racing