DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team make their debut at Qatar

Under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit, the 2015 Moto3 World Championship officially got underway in Qatar today.

The opening day saw the newly formed DRIVE M7 SIC Racing team make a steady start to their Moto3 debut, with Riders Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Jakub Kornfeil both gaining valuable data and a better understanding of their 2015 KTM Moto3 machines.

Doha – Thursday 26th March

Circuit: Losail International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.4 km

Bike #63 – Zulfahmi Khairuddin
FP1: P25; 2’09.838 – 16 laps
FP2: P21; 2’08.538 –14 laps

Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P9; 2’08.243 – 15 laps
FP2: P17; 2’08.216 – 15 laps

#63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin

“Today has been a little bit difficult. We are not on the first page of the results, which is where we are aiming to be, however it is important to remember this is only day one. This morning I struggled with the set-up, so my crew made some changes in-between FP1 & FP2 and this helped to improve the bike. In the second practice we also worked together with Jakub. I was able to follow him and see which lines he took and then we improved quite a lot. Now we must continue this progress and find some more seconds. I think we can improve the bike more and also my riding and then I believe we can be in a good place tomorrow.”

#84 Jakub Kornfeil

“From the beginning in FP1 I felt quite comfortable and confident on the bike, but we wanted to further improve, so we made some changes after the first practice. Unfortunately what we did for the second practice didn’t work and I couldn’t really go any faster. I was trying to push quite a lot and I was also working with my teammate to try improve the lap time in the slip stream, but even this did not help. For sure it gave me a little extra speed on the start/finish but I could not go as fast in the corner. With these difficulties we decided to instead make three short runs and try different tyres, so we learned from this and we know now how the tyres are working, so this is positive. I think from today we must check through the data and understand the bike more and make a very good decision for tomorrow. We only have one practice, so it will be everything or nothing. We need to get back into the top ten because if we are there we can work easier for qualifying.”

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager

“The first day at Qatar is over. We started quite well in the first practice and we made some steps with both riders. With Fahmi it was a good step but with Jakub the change with his set-up wasn’t an improvement. We have to analyse now exactly what we did and maybe go back in the other direction with both the suspension and gearing. Once we have done this we know Jakub will be a lot faster. The team just needed to go through this first day to get some data and feedback and then we will work on it for tomorrow. The times were quite fast at the start in FP1, but the good thing for us is that the front runners didn’t improve as much in FP2. We only have one session tomorrow, so we need to work hard for FP3 and we need to get it right.”

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