Friday, 30 March 2012

Sponsors Bitten by Dinosaur Snappers Strategic Alliance?

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So who amongst us had been hoping with the official arrival of summertime and the return of motorcycle road racing, everything in the Irish real road racing garden would be coming up roses? It won't happen my friends, for already the roses are wilting, the violets are dead and motorcycle racing lies bleeding on the real roads of Ireland.

Just recently much ado was being made by real road racing aficionadas about a multifaceted problem with no easy solution - unless of course one was under the impression that a £60.00 press accreditation fee was the real problem - as opposed to merely being the smoke screen behind which allegedly lurked the assorted protagonists.

Whilst already on a downward spiral to eventual extinction, Irish real road racing has found itself embroiled in yet another bitter power struggle which could yet deliver the fatal blow a whole lot sooner than many amongst us ever imagined. Amongst the aforementioned protagonists involved in this farcical one-upmanship spat we have of course the usual suspects - the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - a few of those alleged dictatorial freeloading officials we all love to loathe - the Irish Motorcycle Photographers Association - a bevy of assorted photographers, and just for good measure - a few organising clubs/limited companies.

The root cause is of course all a matter of allegiances, or perhaps it’s more a case of what cause and/or organisation/limited company some of the protagonists claimed to have sworn their undying allegiance to, or should that be – to whom did some swear their allegiance to – perhaps themselves for instance.

We now all know the MCUI-UC introduced a new £60 press accreditation fee, without which the assembled throngs of alleged photographers and their assistants would be denied their God given right to park themselves wheresoever they chose around our real public roads race tracks for a free show on the pretext of – taking photographs.

Concerns about the adverse effect such a scheme would have on their prepaid publicity, those the sport needs the most immediately drew clear battle lines over the ill-thought out, but typical MCUI-UC ludicrous proposal. Major motorcycle racing sponsor Adelaide Insurance Services threatened to stop the flow of cash, and rightly so, whilst some newspapers further fuelled the flames by threatening to withdraw event coverage - two threats which ultimately led to the MCUI-UC being forced into performing an embarrassing u-turn, but is that the end of the sordid episode?

When one accepts the proposed £60.00 fee was to be levied on photographers in an attempt to ensure they were properly accredited and because the MCUI want to allegedly drastically reduce the number of photographers at events, and that furthermore, members of the IMPA - Irish Motorcycle Photographers Association - were present when the unanimous decision was made - one then realises the answer to my question is simple - it is most definitely not over.

The MCUI-UC have since declared there are alternative ways to reduce the number of photographers, for example by making the accreditation process more stringent, and that is what they might well do for next year, but why not this year? There are after all to many freeloaders claiming to be photographers, therefore if only for safety reasons, there is an urgent requirement to separate the wheat from the chaff. But why should anyone worry, like Task Force 2000, positive decisions will probably never be taken.

Before the annomynous emails are dispatched from the army of irate photographers out there, perhaps they should first pause and ask for whose benefit the Irish Motorcycle Photographers Association were acting in this ongoing alleged charade, and who amongst the IMPA members present at MCUI-UC meetings might allegedly benefit from less competition at Irish motorcycle road racing events?

Is it possible we might soon witness one single MCUI-UC appointed company monopolising all things 'media' at our Irish motorcycle road race events? Should, or when that scenario comes to pass, will Adelaide Insurance Services and other loyal sponsors of our sport, enthusiastically pay the asking price of whosoever the sole piper might be?

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Hard As Nails Elena Myers Broken Scaphoid Daytona Victory

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Daytona winner Elena Myers had surgery Monday night to repair a broken scaphoid in her left wrist. Myers, who raced and won the Saturday, March 17th AMA Pro SuperSport thriller despite the injury, is expected to make a full recovery and will race her SuzukiScoopFans SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki in the next round of the series, at Road Atlanta.

Myers has been working with TKB Sports Medicine rehab specialist Tuan Nguyen, who coordinated treatment of the injury. Dr. Maury Harwood performed the surgery at St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, California.

“The case went great. It couldn’t have gone any better,” said Dr. Harwood after surgery. “This was probably an old injury she aggravated. We were able to get in and find a sizeable piece of bone. The scaphoid was fixed perfectly with a headless compression screw and we expect it to heal with no complications. Elena should be back on her bike in a couple of weeks.”

Myers broke her wrist nearly a year ago in a Supermoto crash and it is not known if this injury occurred then or at a later date. The break was diagnosed a week before Daytona and Myers raced at the front in both SuperSport races, which attracted the largest field in recent memory. Elena ran in the lead pack before being shuffled back in the order on the last lap to earn sixth on Friday and then won the race on Saturday. With the victory, Myers repeated as the only woman to ever win an AMA Pro sprint road race, and also became the first female to win an AMA Pro sprint road race at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Team Hammer.com)


Myers also showed her mettle by testing for two days at Homestead last week, despite the injury.

“It bothered me here and there. I thought it was just the aftermath (of the Supermoto crash) but I never thought anything was seriously wrong,” said 18-year-old Myers. “I tested at Jennings GP before Daytona and it bothered me. I had a shocking-type pain, a surge. The next day was totally fine and I played 18 holes of golf. Later it started hurting really bad at home and I got it checked out and they found out what was wrong. I had a cortisone shot before Daytona. This is my first-ever surgery so it is kinda weird for me. The recovery time is two weeks or less so I’ll be ready for Atlanta and I am really looking forward to going there and racing again.”

"The surgery went really well," said Nguyen. "We found the fragment and Dr. Harwood did a fantastic job. He is the best in my opinion and the recovery time is two weeks or less, so we’ll work to get her recovered in time for the next race."

"I think how Elena’s handled this reflects on her dedication and the way she's persevered to keep improving," said team manager Keith Perry. "Racers have to put up with injuries from time to time and she's shown she can do that and still be competitive. Elena’s tough. She's done great and clearly made strides in the off-season. We're anxious to see her back on the bike for these next few races because things are progressing well for her."

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Demolition Call - Only In Feckin' Ireland

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Only in Ireland, there's something wrong with the kids over here, think they've been watching to much television, or seen way to much of real life on the streets of this soddin' place. Crank up the volume and enjoy.




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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Yoshimura Suzuki & Blake Young Taste Daytona 200 Success

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Yoshimura-backed teams were strong throughout the past week of racing at the opening round of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. The Yoshimura Suzuki Road Race team showed the performance advantage of their Yoshimura products with solid results in a week of extremely competitive racing.

The Yoshimura Suzuki Road Race team was a force to be reckoned with at the season-opening round of AMA Pro Superbike this past double-header weekend in Daytona. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young captured the win in one Superbike race and a second-place result in the other, while new teammate Chris Clark made his Yoshimura Suzuki debut with two top-10 finishes.

The weekend’s first race saw Young get a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, slot into second place and hold on until the checkers. As impressive as Friday’s podium finish was, it was Saturday’s race where Young really strutted his stuff. The Wisconsin native got another great start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and again settled quickly into second position. But this time, he stayed with the leader until the last few laps, at which point, he made his move and brought home the win.

“Today’s race was a lot better than yesterday’s race,” said Young. “My Yoshimura Suzuki team worked hard for me on Friday, and after the race, we looked at the data and I knew the problem was me. I just didn’t have a very good race, for whatever reason, and I needed to work hard to let my crew know not to give up on me yet. We need to go strong all year long. We just needed to come in here, get some points and race hard the rest of the year. Today’s race was good, and now I’m just looking forward to Atlanta and the rest of the season.”

Blake Young Yoshimura Suzuki Daytona 200
Yoshimura Suzuki’s newest addition, Chris Clark, admittedly struggled in Friday’s race. He got a decent start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and held his own to bring home a ninth-place finish. On Saturday, Clark lifted his game, getting another decent start but turning faster, more consistent laps to finish a respectable seventh.

“This was my first race with the Yoshimura Suzuki team, so I definitely was over-riding the bike a little bit,” said Clark. “I was nervous and wanting to do well and putting a little too much pressure on myself. So I came out today and worked on what we were having problems with. I was able to turn it around in the second race. We’re not too far off from where I want to be, fifth in the championship, so I’m just looking forward to Atlanta. The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is working great; it’s a really fantastic bike. So we’ll head to Atlanta with our heads up and hopefully do well there.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Road Race team’s next event of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, the weekend of April 20 – 22, 2012.
 
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Monday, 19 March 2012

Wild Wild Stories of Bikes, Buddies and the Open Road

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We've all heard them, at least a dozen times, probably told a few of our own - stories of wild wild bikers, insane exploits - usually when we've had one to many of the Devil's Brew. Whilst allegedly not under the influence, Kevin Moore in an inspired moment, or perhaps a moment of madness after hearing one to many of those stories, started a new website for all of those stories about motorcycles, friends, family and the open road called  - Bikes and Buddies

Kev's site is for true stories - perhaps even unbelievable stories, and is for all types of riders - motorcycle riders - I think. Already there’s a story about how Gilby Clarke from Guns n' Roses, a Brit named Dave and Kevin almost blew up the town of Twentynine Palms due to sheer stupidity, whilst another is about motocross.


Motorcycle stories are freely traded by word, but few are ever put down in writing, not even the really great stories. This has left a void in the landscape of motorcycle literature, both pulp and the internet based. Part humor, part thought provoking, Kevin Moore’s masterful writing makes the reader first laugh out loud then contemplate the social implications of motorcycles and the folks who ride them. His prose transcends any one kind of bike, tearing back the veil to reveal the culture of two-wheeled travel, so go treat yourself to an enjoyable humorous motorcycle story every four weeks.

Also coming soon from the pen of Kevin is a book on motorcycles and becoming a dad called “Motorcycles and a Baby: Stories of a Geardhead’s Roadtrip to Fatherhood.” Me thinks it's time I made contact with a publisher for my own book, an alleged work of fiction: "Dinosaurs Killed The Real Road Racers"

A website for discerning motorcyclists - Bikes and Buddies - Online Now!

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Elena Myers The First Lady Of Daytona 200 Road Racing

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SuzukiScoopFans Sportbike TrackGear.com M4 Suzuki's Elena Myers claimed her second career AMA Pro victory in sensational fashion on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Her win was also the first by a female in a professional motorsports event at the fabled venue.

The 19-year-old AMA Pro SuperSport title hopeful got her revenge for Friday's race in which she fought for the win but got shuffled back in the draft on the contest's final lap. On Saturday, she altered her strategy, putting her GSX-R600 at the front of a four-rider lead pack as they raced up onto the banking for the final time.


Elena tucked into the cockpit and made herself as small as possible in the sprint to the checkered flag. The decision paid off as her rivals proved incapable of drafting by her at the stripe, with Myers scoring the win by 0.240 seconds.


"These guys were super-fast all weekend and they ran a great race -- I was just trying to stay with them," Elena said. "Yesterday I got the short end of the draft and I was happy today there were only four of us up in the lead pack instead of eight.

"It was good just to have a few of us up there, just going back and forth. It was a phenomenal race. I stayed up there and led a little bit, then stayed behind just to see how much I could be behind and still catch up. Everyone's bikes were really fast but mine was too.

"I just can't thank my team enough for giving me such a great bike this weekend. They put just the greatest machine under me. I'm so happy to get a win for them. It's a great feeling and nothing compares to it. That's why we come here and do what we do -- to stand on the top of the box."

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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Daytona 200 AMA Pro Road Racing National Guard Superbike Race Two Results

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Daytona 200 AMA Pro Road Racing National Guard Superbike Race Two Result @ Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

1. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), 15 laps
2. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1) -0.002 second
3. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000) -10.283 seconds
4. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1) -11,506
5. Larry Pegram (BMW S1000RR) -21.904
6. Steve Rapp (Kaw ZX-10R) -21.985
7. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000) -30.667
8. Jake Holden (BMW S1000RR) -32.488
9. Danny Eslick (EBR 1190RS) -37.67
10. Robertino Pietri (Suz GSX-R1000) -44.920

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Elena Myers Wins Daytona 200 AMA Pro SuperSport

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Daytona 200 AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport Race Two Result
Daytona International Speedway

1. Elena Myers (Suz GSX-R600), 10 laps
2. Corey Alexander (Suz GSX-R600), -0.239 second
3. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R600), -0.248
4. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), -6.756 seconds
5. Miles Thornton (Yam YZF-R6), -10.807
6. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), -10.892
7. Stefano Mesa (Yam YZF-R6), -11.020
8. Ryan Kerr (Kaw ZX-6R), -11.132
9. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), -11.132
10. Gavin Herrin (Yam YZF-R6), -15.653
11. Travis Ohge (Yam YZF-R6), -15.766
12. Jake Morman (Yam YZF-R6), -16.436

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Daytona 200 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Superbike Provisional Combined Qualifying

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Daytona 200 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Superbike Provisional Combined Qualifying
 Daytona 200 AMA Pro Road Racing Live Timing
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1), 1:37.463
2. Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:37.890
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:38.132
4. Josh Herrin (Yamaha YZF-R1), 1:38.342
5. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:38.610
6. Chris Clark (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:39.474
7. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki ZX-10R), 1:39.501
8. Jake Holden (BMW S1000RR), 1:39.580
9. Danny Eslick (EBR 1190RS), 1:39.677
10. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:39.698
11. Larry Pegram (BMW S1000RR), 1:39.772
12. Geoff May (EBR 1190RS), 1:39.991
13. David Anthony (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:40.473
14. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:40.544
15. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), 1:40.987
16. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:41.731
17. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:41.929
18. Jeffrey Lampe (Kawasaki ZX-10R), 1:43.021
19. Eric Pinson (BMW S1000RR), 1:43.113
20. Trent Gibson (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:43.471
21. Eric Haugo (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:43.546
22. Johnny Rock Page (Suzuki GSX-R1000), 1:43.737

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Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Outlaw Gunslinger Tyler Linders @ Chuckwalla

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Press release for Outlaw/ADR Racing
On March 10th and 11th Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association (CVMA) hosted it’s first event of 2012. The Chuckwalla Valley raceway 2.68-mile track is the newest in Southern California. Designed by Ed Bargy, the track is wide, smooth, and features spacious runoff areas which allows this track to run in both directions but this weekend it was running clockwise. The Outlaw racing team, comprised of Tyler Linders, Hunter Coffin, Daytona Anderson, Ben Truslow, Jason Aguilar and Andre Ochs have already completed 2 races this season with WERA and were ready for the CVMA event. With WSMC no longer an option, riders flocked to Chuckwalla for what looked to be a record breaking turnout.

The top Outlaw racing qualifiers on Saturday were Tyler Linders 2nd and Ben Truslow in 4th. When the green flag dropped for the Formula Middleweight class the Outlaws were in full force as Tyler Linders took 2nd, Ben Truslow 4th, Hunter Coffin 5th and Daytona Anderson 8thwhich gave Outlaw racing 40% of the top 10. In the SuperSport Middleweight class it was another close battle between Jeffrey Tigert and Tyler Linders, Tigert pulled out a narrow victory while Linders was only a bike length behind him in 2nd place. Ben Truslow finished 4th, Hunter Coffin 7th and Daytona Anderson 8th.

If you were watching the races on Sunday, you were watching the Tyler Linders show. Nick named “the Law” back in 2009 for chasing down opponents the way a cop flips a U-Turn and chases down the bad guys, this 15 year old rising star was in hot pursuit of the top spot on the podium and no one was able to out run him. Outlaw racing had a great showing in the Formula Middleweight class, “the Law” Linders in 1st place, Daytona Anderson in 2nd, Andre Ochs in 4th and Jason Aguilar in 6th. Similar results in the SuperSport Middleweight class, Tyler Linders 1st, Daytona Anderson 4th, Andre Ochs 7th and Jason Aguilar 9th. In the Shootout Middle Weight class Tyler finished 3rd, Daytona 4th, and Jason Aguilar 6th.

Outlaw racing’s team manager Jason Paredez said “Hunter Coffin was coming back after an injury and is getting back up to speed sooner than I thought he would, Daytona Anderson has made consistent improvements race after race and we are really happy with the way he rode this weekend. Ben Truslow made a rare mistake on Sunday but Saturday he was flying, 2nd best on the Outlaw racing team on Saturday and we look forward to seeing Ben back in action next month. The stand out of the weekend was definitely Tyler Linders, he opened a lot of eyes this weekend, ran against some stiff competition and still managed to come out on top of the podium on Sunday. Tyler had the most impressive weekend I’ve seen in a long time. Overall Mookie Wilkerson and I are happy with the way the team is progressing, and we want to thank ADR racing for getting the bikes together, Trackaholics for tuning, Superbike Suspension, ACT Leathers, FLY, Next Moto Champion, Pirelli, Race Tech, DoGrafx and Lay’d Out.”

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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Task Force: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) Available Now!

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UPDATED 14th March 2012

The Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited have allegedly been carrying out yet another review of safety practices at real road racing events and furthermore have allegedly given DCAL an undertaking to develop and publish a safety code of practice before the start of the 2012 season. All beginning to resemble an ongoing Hollywood epic.

If you’re wondering why the foregoing sounds all too familiar, simply cast your mind back to the beginning of the new millennium and Task Force 2000. Remember when as a direct result of serious concerns voiced by DCAL and the Department of the Environment about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing in recent years - the MCUI in August 2000 established a Task Force to examine the safety issues within motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland?

When moi asked DCAL about the outcome of Task Force 2000 - they replied thus: 'DCAL may have received a MCUI Task Force report in December 2000 established to examine safety issues within the sport. However, no copy was held on our files.' Many fatalities and serious injuries later and we are once more asked to believe the MCUI-UC are capable of vastly improving safety at motorcycle races on our public roads – are they even interested? Talk is cheap, so to are the lives of competitors and spectators it would seem.

Despite the blinkered opinions of the ever diminishing numbers of die hard fans - real road racing currently finds itself staring into the abyss - the future is bleak - if there is a future. Motorcycle real road racing on the public roads of the island of Ireland is being led down the proverbial garden path. There is now an urgent need for the allegedly shambolic Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, and several of the Limited Companies currently organising and promoting motorcycle racing in the North of Ireland to be scrutinised.

All Limited Companies are required by law to keep a full record of income, expenditure, assets, and liabilities - these records must now be examined in detail by the Northern Ireland Audit Office. Motorcycle real road racing in Northern Ireland has been receiving huge amounts of taxpayers money for many, many years, therefore any suggestions that may have been made regarding alleged possible misuse of public money must now be fully and thoroughly investigated.

There is a strong case for the governing body of motorcycle real road racing in Ulster – the not fit for purpose MCUI-UC Limited to be decommissioned, along with the inept incompetent Roads Inspection Committee. The Northern Ireland Assembly has primary legislative powers over many areas – including Health and Safety – so why do our Government Ministers continue to fiddle while motorcycle real road racing self destructs. DCAL has a moral duty to take control of all motorcycle racing safety issues. Talk is cheap, so to are the lives of competitors and spectators it would seem.

UPDATE: The MCUI-UC have now declared a new safety code of practice for motorcycle racing will be introduced later in 2012 rather than before the start of the 2012 season as recently stated by DCAL. Talk is cheap, so to are the lives of competitors and spectators it would seem - and getting cheaper by the day. What next? Two for the price of one!

Task Force: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) will be also be available soon on Blu-ray which will include the limited edition version of Episode VI - Return of the Dinosaurs.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Elena Rossell & QMMF To Contest Moto2 World Championship

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Elena Rossell from Valencia/Spain, the only woman in Grand Prix Racing, has signed up to ride for the team of Qatar's Motorcycle Federation. 25-year-old Elena and her 28-year-old team-mate Damian Cudlin from Australia will contest the Moto2 World Championship 2012 with the QMMF Racing Team.

"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", said Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, President of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation. "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!"

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

"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", said Elena. "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."

Living in Taree in the Australian countryside, Damian Cudlin started riding dirt bikes at a very young age and won three Australian Junior Dirt Track titles in a row before moving his attention to road racing. At age 17, he got his first "big bike" ride in the 1000 cc Formula Extreme class and later on scored promising results in the Endurance World Championship, with two overall third places in 2006 and 2007. But he had to wait until 2011 before getting his first chance of Grand Prix racing as a replacement rider in the Moto2 and later on in the MotoGP category. "To finally arrive on this level and ride the first Grand Prix races of my life was an incredible experience", said Damian. "My entire career long, I tried to catch a permanent Grand Prix ride, but it was very difficult to find the right support. Now, all stars lined up the right way and I'm finally getting my chance in the GP championship. The QMMF team has a great structure and lots of potential. I will try to bring in my experience as a development rider, a job that I've done for several teams and manufacturers during the last years. This will hopefully help to give the team the right direction with the set-up and further development of the bike and I am sure we will work very well together. I know lots of guys in the team because my young brother Alex raced with them both in the Endurance and in the Qatar championships. We will have a great time together!"

The QMMF team will continue its successful partnership with Moriwaki racing, running the latest version of the highly competitive Moriwaki MD 600. "I haven't tested this bike yet, but I am confident that we'll have a very good package", said Damian. "In 2010, Moriwaki won the Moto2 world championship with Toni Elias and since then, the bike has further improved. The potential is there and the fact that I have experience with a variety of other four-stroke machines will help to understand the strong and weak points of the bike. I am sure we will be able to fight for some good results!"

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