Maximilian Kofler will start his second full World Championship season in Moto3 on Sunday in Qatar. “There is of course nervousness, but you already know the exact processes and I notice how more and more routine is added to the course of a race weekend,” said Austria’s only World Championship participant, who is aiming for his first World Championship points this year.
The 20-year-old, who remained without a World Cup counter in 2020, has been in the Gulf state for a week, accommodated in a special “team bubble”, and recently completed three official test days with his racing team. “Everything went very well, the fast lap at the end didn’t quite work out, but it was test drives,” said Kofler, who looked back on an energetic last weekend.
Two races in a row in Qatar
Now he is looking forward to the World Cup opener at the Losail International Circuit. There, the entire motorcycle world championship entourage is challenged twice. Since the races in Argentina and the USA cannot be held in spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, the gas will be accelerated again on Easter Sunday (April 4) on the track in the desert of Qatar.
“I know the circuit in Lusail from last year, and the tests have refreshed my memories. Compared to last year it is really hot this time because we are also starting the season three weeks later, ”said Kofler, who is expecting two hot races. The Attnang-Puchheimer likes the “special flair” on the 5.380 km long route north of the capital Doha, “because we sometimes drive day and night. It’s especially special on Sunday, where you start in the light and then cross the finish line at dusk. ”