Doha, Qatar: Qatar’s Abdulla Al Qubaisi and Saeed Al Sulaiti shared the honours in the opening round of Qatar Superstock 600 Championship at the Losail International Circuit. In the first race, Al Qubaisi, the last season’s overall runner-up, led from pole position to win.
Al Sulaiti came second, followed by Mashel Al Naimi. Bulgarian Mihail Florov finished in fourth place. In the second race, Al Sulaiti pushed from the start and clinched the victory ahead of Al Qubaisi and Al Naimi.
“In the first race, the bike was very good and I made a gap from the beginning but in the last two laps I started to lose the front tyre and almost crashed. Saeed almost caught me in the last lap but I managed to hold on. In Race 2, I was able to finish in the first position but in the last laps, I came across with the slow riders and they made me slow my rhythm,” said Al Qubaisi.
The defending QSTK600 champion, Al Sulaiti, was satisfied with his results. “It was a difficult round as Abdulla and Mashel are very well prepared. In race 1, I noticed that Abdulla and Mishal slowed their rhythm due to a problem with the front tyre and I took advantage of that and got closer to them. In the last two laps, I was trying to overtake Abdulla but it was too risky with the slow riders and I preferred to secure the second place. In second race, I decided to push from the beginning, so I kept the rhythm and stayed in front until the end of the race,” said Al Sulaiti.
In the QSTK Trophy Race 1, Rayad Al Emadi finished first followed by the French rider Jeremy Parola and the Australia’s Alastair Cunliffe respectively. In the second race, Parola took the victory followed by Al Emadi and the Kuwaiti rider Alexander Qabazard. Trophies were presented by Major General Mohamed Saad Al Kharji (Director General of Traffic Headquarters), Eng. Fahad Rashid Al Kaabi (Manateq CEO), Jaber Bin Talib Bin Afifah (former rally driver), Abdulrahman Al Mannai (QMMF President), Khalid Al Remaihi (LCSC Vice President and General Manager) and Abdulrazak Al Kuwari (QMMF General Secretary)
The second round of Qatar Superstock Championship will be held on January 10th & 11th.