The Drive M7 SIC Racing Team will make their debut into the Moto3 class at the opening round of the World Championship in Qatar this week.
With the first official day on track commencing on Thursday the 26th March, the team head to the Emirate Circuit, with riders Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil, feeling confident with their preparations and ready to battle for the points in the season ahead.
Located just outside the city of Doha in Qatar, surrounded by desert, the Losail Circuit hosts the only Grand Prix night race on the calendar.
Under the spectacular flood lighting, the riders will battle through the dusty conditions for 18 laps, each made up of 10 right corners and 6 left corners.
Doha – Monday 23rd March
Circuit: Losail International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.4 km
Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager
“After all of our testing in Sepang and in Jerez we feel confident for Qatar. It will be a new track for us again but I’m looking forward to it. I think that what we found in Sepang for the bike will suit Qatar and we can start with that base setting. We have had a lot more track time in the dry than many of our competitors, so I believe we’re going to be okay there. However it is important to be competitive from the first practice on, so this is our target, to start immediately with a good pace and to make sure we have the best possible set up for both Jakub and Fahmi. We are prepared and we are going to give it everything we’ve got.”
#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin
“Following the test at Jerez we can’t say exactly the level we are because not all of the riders were on track for every session due to the weather conditions, but still we were able to continue our progress and learn more about the KTM. I’m feeling really confident on the bike now and with the set up that we have, so I’m ready to go racing in Qatar. I love the circuit and have done quite well there in the past; I finished 6th in 2012 and 6th in 2013, so I believe this year we can be competitive from the first practice. This is what I hope for and this is what we will be working to achieve. In Qatar we will sit down and plan a strategy and then I must try my best. I have a good team around me and I know together we can do well.”
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
“The testing in Jerez was quite difficult with the weather conditions, so we didn’t really get to work on our dry set-up, but we did a lot of days in Sepang previously and have tried many things, which I believe will help us in Qatar. Still we have a few things to work on, but we have a lot of data now and I think this will enable us to improve and set up the bike well for Qatar. I like the Losail Circuit, it’s a nice track to ride, so I’m looking forward to this first Grand Prix. It’s a very unique place to go to; the conditions are completely different to the others because there is a lot of sand from the dessert and the track is very wide, which can make it difficult to find a line. It’s also a very long track so you have to make everything perfect to get a good lap time there. Everybody will start from zero in Qatar so we just have to stay focused, continue working hard and I believe we can push to be up at the top from the start.”