The QMMF Racing Team has announced a revised 2012 Moto2 rider line-up which will see Australian Damian Cudlin joining lady racer Elena Rossell on the team's Moriwaki MD 600 machines.
It will be Cudlin's first full grand prix season, having previously finished an impressive seventh for the Pons team in the 2010 German Moto2 Grand Prix, before making his MotoGP debut as a last-minute substitute for the Pramac and Aspar Ducati teams last season.
The 29-year-old, a regular in the Endurance World Championship and test riding duties, takes the place of Ricky Cardus, who was announced as the second QMMF rider in the provisional entry list in mid-January.
“My entire career, I've been trying to find a permanent Grand Prix ride, but it was very difficult to get the right support. Now, all the stars have aligned and I'm finally getting my chance,” said Cudlin.
“The QMMF team has a great structure and lots of potential. I will try to use my experience as a development rider, a job that I've done for several teams and manufacturers during the last years.
“This will hopefully help to give the team the right direction with the set-up and further development of the bike and I am sure we will work very well together. I know lots of guys in the team because my younger brother Alex raced with them both in the Endurance and in the Qatar championships. We will have a great time together!”
Cudlin insists the Moriwaki can once again compete with the likes of Suter and Kalex at the front of Moto2.
“I haven't tested this bike yet, but I am confident that we'll have a very good package”, he said. “In 2010, Moriwaki won the Moto2 world championship with Toni Elias and since then, the bike has further improved.
“The potential is there and the fact that I have experience with a variety of other four-stroke machines will help to understand the strong and weak points of the bike. I am sure we will be able to fight for some good results!”