MD600

07/09/2012

2012 MotoGP World Championship Series 8th round, eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

German Grand Prix was held this past weekend. The event started under rather unstable weather condition.

Bad weather already affected the weekend event from day one. The first free practice started in dry but the weather slowly deteriorated and by the second free practice of Moto2, rain started dropping on-and-off, made everyone difficult to progress setup.
The weather improved on Saturday morning and the third free practice went through in dry but once again the qualifying practice in the afternoon was in wet.
Anyway, the weather helped Anthony West who favors wet race and marked 1’35.110” at his last attempt and got 7th grid, just 0.6sec outside of the leader. But the ever-changing weather really made West’s teammate, Elena Rosell struggle and she finished the day2 with 34th position.

The race started on Sunday in dry, 27 degree C air and 43 degree C ground at 11:21 local time. 1 rider already went down in the opening lap but West and Rosell went safely through. West tried to hang on within point-gaining position but he gradually dropped down. He rode hard to finish the race with best possible position and finished in 17th.
Rosell retired the race after she pulled the bike in at 10lap remaining. It was disappointing race finish for her.

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MD600 Qualifying Practice result:

--  7th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST
  TIME /  1.35,110

--34th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL
  TIME /  1.39,716

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MD600 Race result:

--17th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST

Not Classified
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL

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The Moto2 goes to Italy for next round, on July 15.
Thank you for your continuous support to MORIWAKI riders!!

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Result
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06/19/2012

Press Release From Q.M.M.F 19th June

New seating position helps Anthony West – Elena Rosell happy about strong race finish
Anthony West’s 27th and Elena Rosell’s 31st place at the British Grand Prix were far from the results the QMMF Racing Team riders are aiming for, but the mood in the team was still good and upbeat after the chequered flag came down. Both riders had improved their lap times in comparison to the practice days and both riders had learned things about the bike that are going to help them in the races to come.
Anthony West – 27th
“We have to be happy with the lap times, they were not so bad even though we are still far away from where we want to be. I struggled all weekend with lots of things. There is not one thing in particular that is wrong with the bike, there are a lot of details combined. One thing was that I didn’t have any feeling for the front until the warm-up. We realized we were far from the right balance of the bike in the corners, so we put ten millimetres of seat padding on, which improved things. It sounds like a silly thing to do, but I immediately started to feel what the bike was doing. The front being light in the corners is quite a common thing with the Moriwaki and this track makes the problem worse, so shifting my position on the bike a little bit helped a lot. In the end, the times were not so bad, but I still have a huge problem with the speed. I was getting passed by my old MZ bike on the straight and I shook my head because it was so frustrating! Once again it is not one problem in particular but a combination of exhaust, body work, air intake and fairing that is just not getting us the speed we need!”
Elena Rosell – 31st
“We managed to get a race finish which is good because it gave us more experience with this bike. Anthony and I managed to do better lap times than yesterday, which is also a positive thing and gives us a bit more confidence for the races to come. Of course you would like to achieve more as a rider, especially when you know you could do better than that, but we just have to continue to work and to keep our heads down even though we suffer a bit. Now we’ll see what the next race at Assen brings. At least, I have been there before and I know the track. It won’t be easy, but I am determined to keep learning and to keep improving!”


06/18/2012

2012 MotoGP World Championship Series 6th round, Hertz British Grand Prix Race report

The round 6 of the World Championship, British GP was held past weekend.
No help from the weather, the race week started in wet condition. Anthony West who’s good at riding in the rain marked 12th fastest time at the first Free Practice. The rain also disturbed the third Free Practice on day2, suspended the session for about 20min just 10in after it started. West came 29th at the Qualifying Practice in the afternoon where Elena Rosell was 34th.
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There were some blue patches in the sky on Sunday earlier but it was very windy. By the time of Moto2 race, the sky was covered with thick clouds. The race started at 11:22 local time in dry, 15 degree C air and 17 degree C ground.
West and Rosell have been having hard time getting rider’s points and were fighting for it but the 18lap finished before they reach that level. West finished in 27th and Rosell 31st.

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MD600 Qualifying Practice result:

--30th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST
  TIME /  2'13.265

--34th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL
  TIME /  2'15.024

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MD600 Race result:

--27th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST

--31st
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL

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The Moto2 goes to Holland for next round, on June 30.
Thank you for your continuous support to MORIWAKI riders!!

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MotoGP official website
http://www.motogp.com
http://www.motogp.com/en/news/Moto2

Result
http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics


05/21/2012

2012 MotoGP World Championship Series 4th round, Monster Energy Grand Prix de France

The fourth round of 2012 season, the France Grand Prix went to Le Mans circuit.

Unfortunately, we see only 2 MD600s from QMMF Racing Team from the round.

The weekend started with the free practice in dry but it got wet since the qualifying practice where Anthony West came in 28th and Elena Rosell 31st.

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The race started on Sunday in wet condition with 13 degree air and 15 degree ground. It was a survival race already from the opening lap saw some were crashing out. But West went through the difficult race in good form. He started from the 28th grid, quickly went up to 19th in the first lap, moved further to 10th by lap12. He kept the momentum and was running in 5th on lap22 battling for 4th but finished the race in 7th with 9 championship points.

Rosell tried hard but crashed out in latter of the race and retired.

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MD600 Qualifying Practice result:

--28th

  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team

  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST

  TIME /  1'40.573

--31st

  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team

  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL

  TIME /  1'41.634

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MD600 Race result:

-- 7th

  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team

  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST

Not Classified

  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team

  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL

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MotoGP official website
http://www.motogp.com
http://www.motogp.com/en/news/Moto2

The Moto2 goes to Catalunya for next round, on June 3.

Thank you for your continuous support to MORIWAKI riders!!

Result
http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics


05/07/2012

2012 MotoGP World Championship Series 3rd round, Grande Premio de Portugal Circuito Estoril

The third round of 2012 season, the Portugal Grand Prix went to Estoril circuit.
The weekend was blessed with good weather.  Gino Rea was the fastest among 4 MD600s at the qualifying practice, getting 24th in the grid.  Anthony West was 25th, Ratthapark Wilairot was 28th and Elena Rosell was 31st.
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Moto2 class was the first one to start at Estoril this weekend.  The race started in dry at 11:21 local time with 17 degree C air, 18 degree C ground.  All riders went into the first corner.  West jumped up to 20th position when he completed the opening lap.  He continued to move up and by lap6, he was running in 16th, just a step behind point gaining position.
Rea was running in 24th position when he brought his bike in at early of the race. He lost his positions but went back onto the track.
The leading pack was leaving others far behind in the mid of the race.  Riders were gradually spreading out.  West was in the battle to get point but he finished the race in 17th in the end.
All MORIWAKI riders completed the race; Wilairot in 23rd, Rosell in 26th and Rea in 28th.

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MD600 Qualifying Practice result:

--24th
 TEAM / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
 RIDER / No.8 Gino REA
  TIME /  1'43.032

--25th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST
  TIME /  1'43.134

--28th
 TEAM / Thai Honda Gresini Moto2
 RIDER / No.14 Ratthapark WILAIROT
  TIME /  1'43.450

--31st
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL
  TIME /  1'45.154

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MD600 Race result:

--17th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.95 Anthony WEST

--23rd
 TEAM / Thai Honda Gresini Moto2
 RIDER / No.14 Ratthapark WILAIROT

--26th
  TEAM / QMMF Racing Team
  RIDER / No.82 Elena ROSELL

--28th
 TEAM / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2
 RIDER / No.8 Gino REA

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The Moto2 goes to France0 for next round, on May 20.
Thank you for your continuous support to MORIWAKI riders!!

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MotoGP official website
http://www.motogp.com
http://www.motogp.com/en/news/Moto2

Result
http://www.motogp.com/en/Results+Statistics


04/30/2012

Press Release From Q.M.M.F 30th April

West storms to 16th and just misses a point
Rosell out of the race with an early crash
QMMF Racing Team rider Anthony West was one of the sensations of today’s Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix. The fearless Australian, who handles treacherous track conditions like nobody else in the World Championship, ignored damp and slick patches around the half-dry Jerez circuit to storm from 29th place on the starting grid to an impressive 16th place when the race was red-flagged because of another rain shower. With just another half lap, West could even have finished in the point rankings.
Spanish team-mate Elena Rosell also felt good on her Moriwaki bike today, but ran into bad luck when she got caught out in one of the damp sections of the track and crashed on lap five. Luckily, the only female rider in Grand Prix racing didn’t get hurt and now looks forward to racing again at Estoril next week.
Anthony West – 16th
“Just before they put the red flag out, I had passed Iannone, so I was quite upset when I realized the race was finished and I had missed out on a championship point. If they had waited 30 seconds longer, I would have passed the finish line in front of Iannone. But never mind, we did the best we could in very difficult conditions today. The bike was the best it has been all weekend thanks to the changes the team made to the set-up, but in order to be fully competitive, we need a big change on the bike itself. I know that Moriwaki is working very hard and that they have been testing a lot in order to be able to come up with a modified bike very soon, hopefully for the Grand Prix in Le Mans!”
Elena Rosell – did not finish
“I ran into bad luck and crashed in the Nieto corner. In the Moto3 race, a whole bunch of riders has gone down there due to a remaining patch of water, and the same happened to me. I had a highsider and tried to hang on to the bike, but in the end I wasn’t able to save it. I was especially upset and angry about the incident because I was making progress. I could match the lap times of the guys in front of me and there were many more laps to go in which I could have improved further and gained positions. But then, this corner came and I went down!”
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Press Release From Q.M.M.F 29th April

Dry conditions create new problems
for Anthony West and Elena Rosell
After their strong results in wet conditions on Friday, QMMF Racing Team riders Anthony West and Elena Rosell ran into difficulties when the Jerez circuit dried up for the Moto2 qualifying session. West dropped back to 29th position, Rosell ended up in 31st place on the starting grid for the race on Sunday. At the same time, both riders are confident to get a lot faster with the introduction of further modifications to their Moriwaki bikes in the near future.
Anthony West – 29th in 1.46,117
“We made some big changes between the Qatar Grand Prix and now. Qualifying practice today gave us the first chance to ride with these changes in dry conditions and we are still trying to find our way with the settings to suit these changes. It was a difficult practice because there were sill a few wet patches around the track which made it a big risky, but also because we are still in the process of finding the right settings for this frame. I already suggested to Moriwaki to make some more and drastic changes to the bike. Once they are done, we are going to be a lot faster for sure. I am pretty confident that we know exactly what is wrong, we just need time to fix it. If I had this time in pre-season testing, it would be a different story now. In the race tomorrow, we will do the best we can!”
Elena Rosell – 31st in 1.47,284
“Qualifying today was our only dry practice session this weekend, and since I crashed in dry conditions at the IRTA tests one month ago, it was difficult for me to push. Due to the cold conditions and the recent rainfall, the pace in general was slower than during these tests. But more than anything else, we still have some problems with our Moriwaki bike to sort out. I hope that we can make progress step by step despite the fact that I don’t have a lot of experience with this bike and the Moto2 machines in general. I really tried to concentrate on riding fast, but the bike was moving a lot and it was also difficult for me to enter the turns. I did whatever I could. Of course I wanted to do more but it didn’t turn out the way I would have liked it to. It’s also difficult to work on the set-up in the same session in which you are supposed to push for a fast qualifying time. I hope that both of us, Anthony and I, can make progress tomorrow, because right now, we are not where we want to be!”
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Press Release From Q.M.M.F 28th April

Rain king West fourth on day one in Jerez
Rosell improves lap by lap and gains confidence
Under the watchful eyes of FIM vice president and team owner Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, Anthony West presented QMMF Racing Team with its best ever practice result so far. The 30-year-old Australian, who is re-known for his incredible speed and skills in wet conditions, took fourth place in the wet first free practice session on Friday morning and repeated this performance in even trickier conditions in the afternoon. Heroic Spanish team-mate Elena Rosell, who battles with a pelvis injury and an inflamed right shoulder, also stood her ground within the fierce competition of the Moto2 category. From 28th in the morning session, she improved to a promising 25th place in the afternoon, which put her in 30th position in the combined standings.
“We did some changes to the bike after the season-opening race at Qatar, and Anthony now shows the true potential of this bike”, said Mr. Al Attiyah. “Even though we still need to improve the bike in a similar way for dry conditions, today’s result is a milestone for our team. We appreciate Anthony’s support and the work he does, because results like today really boost the confidence of the entire team, including his team-mate Elena. She is doing a good job and she is improving day by day!”
Anthony West – 4th in 1.56,206
“So far, everything is going well. The bike is new to me and I hardly had a chance to test, so we knew that it would be difficult in the first races and that we needed to learn as much as we possibly could in the shortest possible time. The Moriwaki bike is very different to the Moto2 bikes I rode previously, but I like new challenges and I think it’s fun to look for a way out of a difficult situation when you are surropunded by good people and when everybody works well together like in the QMMF team. We made some big changes to the bike after the first race at Qatar and we went the right direction. I have a good feeling with the bike now and I am confident that we can make big improvements over the next races. The conditions today were really tricky, wet and dry, but it was fun to ride!”
Elena Rosell – 30th in 2.00,896
“This afternoon, the conditions were really difficult with the track being half dry, but this morning, things went really well. It was my first time in the rain, and lap by lap, I managed to build up my confidence in this kind of weather. It was strange in the afternoon, with a narrow line drying up and then a drizzle starting again, but at least I managed to get experience under all kinds of conditions, which could well be the same again on race day. I am happy I brought the bike back in one piece because it would have been easy to make a mistake! Apart from that I am recovering well from my pelvis fracture. It is much better than during the first race in Qatar, even though I have to move more on the bike than others because I am not as tall and this is still painful at times. I am suffering more from the shoulder inflammation that I have since the Qatar Grand Prix. Riding on a wet track helped me today because you don’t need to use as muchforce as in dry conditions!”
 
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04/11/2012

Press Release From Gresini Racing 9th April 2012

Rattapark Wilairot gave his best in tonight's season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar but unfortunately it served for little, the Thai rider unable to perform to his full potential due to set-up problems that have dogged the team all weekend. The team now have three weeks to try and come up with a better solution ahead of the next race in Jerez, Spain.


Ratthapark Wilairot  (21st) “We knew it was going to be a tough race tonight but we set ourselves the target of making it to the end of the race, preferably in the top twenty or top fifteen if possible, because we need as much data as possible. I am very happy with the team, we are all working hard together but we just don't have the bike at the moment. Hopefully we can have something better at Jerez."


Fausto Gresini “We knew it was going to be a tough race and we were right. Ratthapark gave his best and he deserves to have a better bike beneath him for the next race. We will work our hardest to give it to him and I am sure the results will come quickly.”

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04/10/2012

Press Release From Q.M.M.F 9th April 2012

West learns a lot and gains confidence for the future –
Elena Rosell pushes on to a heroic race finish

Even though the final results were not what QMMF Racing had hoped for, the season-opening home race for the team at Qatar was still a milestone to be proud of. New QMMF rider Anthony West, who jumped in without any pre-season testing at all, learned enough about the bike over the weekend in order to give the technicians the input they need to make the overall package more competitive. Elena Rosell celebrated a personal victory, because she rode through the pain barrier with a fractured pelvis and an inflamed shoulder to score a heroic race finish. Wild Card entry Nasser Hasan Al Malki ran into bad luck and was forced to stop with a slow rear tyre puncture.

Anthony West – 25th
“We learned a lot in the race. 25th is definitely not where I want to be, but it was the first time for me on the bike and it is the position we have to expect. The race was really good in one respect, because it gave me time to understand the bike. I actually changed my riding quite a lot to suit the bike and riding by myself for a long time made me understand what the bike needs. We can improve the package, but we need to work hard to get close to the front. I am confident we can do it, because we now know what is wrong with the bike. I am happy the team gave me this chance and I’ll be doing the best I can!”

Elena Rosell – 29th
“It was a very tough race for me because my inflamed shoulder still hurts like hell. In the beginning, I was able to ride at a good pace and I could hang on to the group with my team-mates Nasser, Anthony and Lundh. Later on, they were too fast for me, because it was really hard to maintain my rhythm due to the shoulder problem. But I managed to finish the race which makes me happy, especially for my team that put such an effort in to get things right for me!”

Nasser Hasan Al Malki – did not finish
“At the start of the race, I was in a good position and wanted to push more in order to pass some riders, but as soon as I tried, I noticed that something was wrong with the bike. It started moving a lot and there was no way to stay with the others. I rode on and was close to crashing on a few occasions, so after ten laps, I decided to pull in. We checked the tyre pressure and it was down to 0.7 – almost nothing! I was lucky that nothing happened, but of course it was bad luck at the same time!”

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