Team Suzuki Press Office – April 9.

Team Suzuki International Europe’s Nina Prinz raced her GSX-R1000 to second and third places at the fourth round of the Qatar International Road Racing Championship in Losail at the weekend, run in conjunction with the season-opening MotoGP event.

The 30 year old German was runner-up to QMMF team-mate and current series leader Alex Cudlin in the first race and then took third in race two behind Qatar’s Mashel Al Naimi (Honda) and Cudlin to hold third in the series.

Said Prinz: “The first race was just fantastic. I pushed from the beginning and was able to follow Alex right after the start. Nasser tried to pass me on the second lap, but he was too late on the brakes and had to take to the run-off exit. Mashel passed me on the fifth lap, but I was able to pass him again and stayed right behind Alex until the end of the race. The last two laps were difficult due to some backmarkers, but I’m happy because I was so close to victory.

“The first lap of the second race was tricky to ride. In the beginning I was a bit careful and held-up by Nasser. It was difficult to pass because he had slightly more top speed, but I must admit that I didn’t find my rhythm all race. I’m really grateful to QMMF for making all this possible.”

Race 1 Results: 1. Alex Cudlin (AUS/ Suzuki) - 15 Laps/ 31:14,198 mins, 2. Nina Prinz (D/ Suzuki) + 0,474, 3. Mashel Al Naimi (Q/ Honda) + 7,628, 4. Nasser Al Malki (Q/ BMW) + 8,923, 5. Saeed Ibrahim Al Sulaiti (Q/ BMW) + 58,972.

Race 2 Results: 1. Mashel Al Naimi (Q/ Honda) - 14 Laps/ 29:14,921 mins, 2. Alex Cudlin (AUS/ Suzuki) + 0,014, 3. Nina Prinz (D/ Suzuki) + 9,204, 4. Nasser Al Malki (Q/ BMW) + 15,679, 5. Saeed Ibrahim Al Sulaiti (Q/ BMW) + 1:05,047.

Championship Standings (after 7 races): 1. Alex Cudlin 149 Points, 2. Mashel Al Naimi 116, 3. Nina Prinz 96, 4. Saeed Ibrahim Al Sulaiti 82, 5. Nasser Al Malki 65.

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