News 28 Feb 2012

Cudlin confirms EWC return alongside Moto2 duties in 2012

Damian Cudlin will race World Endurance once again this season.

Damian Cudlin will race World Endurance once again this season.

Damian Cudlin has confirmed he’ll compete in the both the Endurance World Championship and the Moto2 GP World Championship in 2012, making him one of the busiest men in motorcycle racing.

Having recently signed for the QMMF Racing Team to compete in his first full season of grand prix racing, Cudlin was thrilled to also retain his position at BMW Motorrad France alongside Sebastian Gimbert and Erwan Nigon, who will enter the 2012 EWC as title favorites.

Cudlin’s schedule will see him race in 17 Grand Prix, and five EWC events, stretching over 13 countries, in a period of eight months.

“I’m certainly going to have a heavy workload but who wouldn’t be excited to be competing in 2 World Championships in the same season?” Cudlin said. “This is really a dream come true for me and I’m absolutely wrapped how it’s all come together.

“I’ve waited my whole career for a grand prix ride, and now I’ll finally get my chance without losing the possibility of winning the Endurance World Championship in the same year. There’s been a lot of work behind the scenes to make this happen but it’s all been worth it. Now I just can’t wait to go racing!”

Having recently completed his first shake down test with the QMMF Racing Team at Valencia and Jerez, Cudlin is confident that his Qatari Team has what it takes to be successful in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class despite still having a lot to learn about the new Moriwaki chassis.

“I couldn’t be happier with my team and the all of the mechanics on my side of the garage. They’re a great bunch of people and we worked together really well. I’m also really happy to have such strong support from Moriwaki.

“Their chassis has loads of potential and they are really motivated to improve the bike. It might take some time but I can’t see why we can’t be competitive this year.”

Cudlin also recently sampled BMW’s new 2012 model S1000RR at the Bike Promotion-BMW Test Camp Event in Spain and was happy with the machine he’ll campaign in the Endurance World Championship.

“The 2011 model was already very good, and we proved many times last season that it was the best package on the racetrack, but the 2012 model is even better again.

“There is a noticeable boost to the mid range power, the chassis updates have improved the balance of the bike, and best of all it’s got heated hand grips! Can’t wait to use those at 3am in Le Mans!” Cudlin grinned.

While his wife Amy is occupied processing new members for the ‘Convict Club’, Damian is now busy searching for sponsors who want to support his 2012 campaign and insists there are many great opportunities still available.

“I couldn’t do this without the support of sponsors and I’ve been lucky to have great people that have stood behind me over the years, companies like Bike Promotion for example” Cudlin explained. “But I’ve never been able to offer sponsors as much as I can right now.

“The exposure potential is enormous and it is available for a lot less than most people might think. I’m searching for people who want to be part of this adventure and help me to chase my dream.”

The opening round of the Moto2 World Championship will be the Grand Prix of Qatar on 8 April, followed a week later by the opening round of the Endurance World Championship, the Bol d’or 24 hour in France.