2015 looked like it could've been Matthias Dolderer's year in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
At the second race, in Chiba, the German pilot finished on the podium in third place and he looked to be a genuine title contender. However, results didn't seem to go his way and he struggled to get into the Final 4 again, up until the last race in Las Vegas where he claimed another podium finish. His results did become more consistent during the season and he finished fastest in Qualifying in the penultimate round in Fort Worth.
Dolderer has a great team to help him, with Tobias Odewald, his technical, and Michael Stock, his race analyst, always on hand. He also has one of the newest raceplanes – the Edge 540 V3 – but now it's time for him to take that next step up if he is to become the World Champion, which many believe he has the ability to do.
For 2016 it seems as if Dolderer has plans to improve not just his aircraft, but every aspect of his racing. "On the raceplane side of things, we are developing new winglets and an electronic propeller controller," he said. "We are also working on our simulator to get this ready for Abu Dhabi. There is an unbelievable amount of work for the team going on in the background – this new simulator will offer the exact feeling and behaviour of the original raceplane," he added.
Dolderer looks to be taking the 2016 season serious and he knows that being an athlete is also about looking after himself for the long, gruelling season. "For next year I am also working on my physical and mental fitness – the mental part is critical in this game," Dolderer concluded. "My resolution for 2016 is to be healthy, happy and to become World Champion."