Another successful event of Qatar International Endurocross organised by Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) took place on Friday in Sealine with the participation of 44 competitors from different nationalities.
The KTM rider Jake Preston won both races in the E2 category, taking the lead in both races and had an easy win to this fifth victory of the season. Preston is leading the E2 category with 145 points, 16 points ahead of Mohammed Jaffar who came second.
The Kuwaiti KTM rider Jaffar had a tough fight in both races with his coach Mohammed Al Balooshi and the competition between them was so hard and to the limit that in the race 2 both riders hit together and Balooshi crashed finishing in fifth position.
In the E1 category, the Kuwaiti rider Meshari Abou Shaibah won the two races and increased his lead in the championship. The Yamaha rider has won all the races from the start of the season in front of the championship with 150 points. His fellow Moath Al Ansari finished in second position in the podium and Barak Al Jasmi also from Kuwait came in third place.
In the veterans’ category, the win was for Mubarak Al Ali from UAE. Yannic Le Gourvenec from France came second and Saif Al Kumiti from UAE was third.
The Qatari rider Mohammed Abu Issa won both races in the Quads category. Abu Issa took the lead in both races ahead of the British rider Paul Holmes who didn’t have any change to overtake him. He said:
I really enjoyed the race today and it is such a great event. QMMF organises so many great events but this one is very unique and a testament to Qatar. I am very happy to see that the event is growing so fast and hope more riders will join us. It is an honour for me to represent Qatar amongst the wide variety of competitors from the Gulf and around the world.’
The third quad rider classified was Abdullah Nasser from UAE.
Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, FIM Deputy President was equally excited about the event. He said:
We are very extremely happy about the event and we can see that the championship is getting stronger and very active. Riders are improving their abilities and skills and thanks to all the organisations behind this event for their great effort and good work. We have now a new category together with the Qatar International Endurocross, the FIM Asia Zone 2, and this helps the area to be more active together and target for a future to have a championship, so we are targeting Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain to be involved.’
Trophies were presented by Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, QMMF General Secretary Mohd. Saad Al Morraikhi, FIM ASIA Vice President Essa Al Awadi and Representative of Kuwait Automobile Club Hamad Al Saif.
The next and last round will be on March 14, 2015.