Everyone knows it isn’t polite to ask a woman her age, but in unfortunately in this case age is going to count for Nina Prinz. The female German rider along with team mates Anthony West and Nasser Al Malki won in the Superstock category for QERT Racing team in the 8 Hours of Doha and finished 5th overall in the endurance event.
Prinz was to receive a wildcard entry for the Moto2 GP race at Sachsering in July and join West and Elena Rosell in the QMMF team, but she will probably not be racing as she has reached the age limit for wild card riders allowed to compete in Moto2.
According to the FIM rule 1.10.1: “for the Moto2 class, the age limit for wild card riders is 28 at the 1st of January of the corresponding Championship year” and Prinz was born November 5th, 1982 which will make her thirty this year (contracted riders can race till they are 50).
We wonder if the Commission for Women in Motorcycling (CFM) and the FIM who tried to promote Women Ride will decide to give her a special dispensation.
Endurance racer and two-time former European Women’s Superstock champion Nina Prinz who is being promoted by the Qatari Motorcycle Federation for the past couple of years has received a wild card entry for the Moto2 GP championship and she will be joining regular QMMF Moto2 riders Anthony West and Elena Rosell at Sachsenring on July 8th.
In yesterday’s 8 Hours of Doha, the Qatar Endurance Racing Team (QERT 95) fielding Anthony West and Nasser Al Malki and Prinz finished fifth overall - the event was won by BMW Motorrad France Team.
Photo source | ninaprinz.de
When we announced that Elena Rosell would be riding the 2012 Moto2 championship with QMFF, we also mentioned that the Qatari Motorcycle Federation has promoted an all female team during the 2011 Losail round of the QTEL FIM Endurance championship, the 8 Hours of Doha.
Paola Cazzola, Nina Prinz and Nikolett Kovacs raced in the Superstock category with a Suzuki GSX-R run by Qatar Endurance Racing Team (QERT) and finished 6th in their category and a respectable 17th overall, which isn’t bad as Cazzola earlier in the year had to undergo emergency surgery for a very large abdominal tumor.
The FIM has added this video of the three females riders talking about how they got into racing on their website as part of their admirable promotion Women Ride.
Yamaha is keeping up the good work, but this time amongst the ladies. A Yamaha press release reveals another champion win with the female German rider Nina Prinz winning the 2008 Road Racing Women’s European Championship.
Nina dominated the entire 2008 season riding her Yamaha YZF-R1 and at the last round of the championship last Sunday at the Spanish Albacete, she took her second consecutive championship win.
Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Division Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp said about the victory: “This is a well earned victory for Nina Prinz and the Yamaha Motor Germany Team. Yamaha’s support of her racing career is a great example of the importance we place on having women involved in motorcycling. We will continue to reach out to this sector of the market and nurture its development.”