Kuwaiti rider Mohammed Jaffar, after leading both races in the opening round of Losail MX Championship last weekend, had yet another victory yesterday by winning the third round of Qatar International Enduro at Sealine.
Among all the 31 participants, the Red Bull KTM rider showcased a great performance in all the sessions , winning both races with a fierce battle with the South African Le Roy Botha, who rides a Honda bike in the Abu Issa Racing. It was an easy win for Jaffar during the first race as he lead from the second lap of the race, when he overtook Le Roy till the end. Jaffar won the race with a gap of 42.457 sec ahead Le Roy.
The podium for E1 category was composed by Kuwaiti riders, Jaffar in the first place, Al Shatti second and Barak Al Jasmi third. In the E2 category, the winners were Le Roy Botha, Meshari Abou Shaiba from Kuwait came second and Mathew Gilpin from South Africa was third. Anthony Benon from France and the Kuwaiti Fahad Al Musallam finished in second and third position in the Quads.
Aside from the of E1, E2 and Quads, a new category was introduced for Veterans. In this new category, Glenn Allan from Australia bagged the first place.
The Qatari rider Mohammed Abu Issa was the winner in the Quad category. He commented after the podium ceremony:
It was a great race for us, it was my fist Enduro over a year maybe. I am very happy to be first and my teammate came second, so it is a great results for us.’
In the second race of the round, Jaffar didn’t have a good start as he got stuck at the beginning. Later on, he had two crashes so he had to ride to his limit to get the lead and victory, who finally got it in a dramatic last lap with Le Roy, who finished the race again in first place in the E2 category.
In the E1 podium of race 2, together with Mohammed Jaffar, were present Abdullah Al Shatti and Hassan Nooraldin in second and third place respectively. Le Roy Botha stepped again in the first position in the E2 podium with Meshari Abou Shaiba in second place and Moaath Al Ansari in third place.
The victory in the Quads was again for the Qatari rider Mohammed Abu Issa.
In the second race, the win of the Veteran category was for the French rider Patrick Roux.
Mohammed Jaffar, the E1 double winner was extremely happy after his ride today and thanked to QMMF for the organization of the event and their effort to make each round different, so all riders enjoy and have fun Jaffar said:
‘Also, for me, these wins are for my coach Balooshi who supports me and is always behind me and also thanks also to my sponsors KTM, Adidas and SunGard. Today victories are very good to secure my first place in the championship. It is always difficult to win and ride here, especially on the soil of this area and the sand of Qatar, so this kind of wins makes me really happy.’
For the E2 winner, Le Roy Botha, the track was very good today with perfect bumps, beautiful sand and a great competition as always.
Le Roy commented:
Even the track was a bit slippery in the morning, in the races, the track was perfect. In the first race Jaffar was on the gas , so I just kept on this land and keep my pace. The second race was absolutely brilliant and all came together, the track was smooth, corners were perfect. I want to thank Abu Issa Racing and Salam International for supporting me.’
In the standings, Mohammed Jaffar is leading the E1 category with 147 points and Abdullah Al Shatti is second with 117 points.
Moath Al Ansari from Kuwait is leading the E2 category with 116 points. In the Quads, Fahad Al Musallam with 92 points is in first place in his category.
In the podium ceremonies, trophies were presented by Sultan Zaher Al Morraikhi (QMMF Board Member), Essa Al Awadi (FIM Asia Vice President) and Iain Black (Clerk of Course).
View the list of the Qatar International Enduro winners on QMMF’s website.