Great end for the 2012/2013 Qatar International Road Racing Champioship with wins of Cudlin and Al Malki
The last round of 2012/2013 Qatar International Road Racing Champioship took place yesterday at Losail International Circuit with an exciting two races that decided the second and third places of this Championship. The defendant champion, the Australian rider Alex Cudlin already renewed his title in the previous round.
Before the first race of the day, four riders were battleing to be the runner up of the Championship, Nina Prinz, Nasser Al Malki, Mishal Al Naimi and Saeed Al Sulaiti, so the emotion was assured until the last lap of the season.
Alex Cudlin was the winner of the first race of the day. Although Cudlin started from the third place in the grid, he managed to take the lead of the race and keep a tough battle with Al Malki. Both riders were passing each other continuously in every lap but at the end, the Aussi rider managed to crossed the line in first place. ‘ I am very happy to win the race as yesterday I finished 7 second behind Nasser and today winning by 3 seconds is a big improvement but we still don’t find the perfect setting with the bike. ‘ Cudlin said after the race.
The German rider Nina Prinz was in third place almost all of the race, waiting for her opportunity and in the last lap, she overtook Al Malki and got the second position of the race, with only a difference of 0.131 from Nasser Al Malki who was third.
‘I am very happy with the result, I Had a good start but I was a bit too slow in the first three laps but then I was very constant and feel very confidence with the bike and good on the bike so I stay close to Nasser and managed to pass him in the last lap’ Nina stated after the podium.
‘I didn’t have a good feeling with the brake in the front tyre but I had to push as I saw Anthony very close so I had to make a gap and catch Alex, but in the last laps I found a lot of slower riders that locked the corners and I nearly crashed twice. At the last lap, Nina had the chance topassed me and I stayed third’ Al Malki said at the end of race 1.
With this result, Nina Prinz was still holding the second position in the champinship, only one point ahead Nasser Al Malki, so nothing was decided yet.
In the second race, Nasser Al Malki took the lead of the race from the first lap and with a great rythm, didn’t give any chance to Cudlin or Nina to pass him.
Alex Cudlin crossed the line in second place and Nina Prinz in third position.
With this win in the second race, Al Malki secured the second place in the Championship, with only fourpoints ahead the third classified, Nina Prinz.
After the races, the Championship Award ceremony took place in the VIP of the Losail International Circuit where the trophies and prizes for the winner were given by Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attya, QMMF President and LIC General Manager and Mr. Franck Vayssie and Mr. Iain Black.
Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attya, thanked to all the riders their participation in the Championship to increase the level of this championship season after season and hopes that more riders from other countries will join in the next season. The QMMF President also thanked to all the Media for the continuosly support to Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and Losail International Circuit activities.
In the final standings, Alex Cudlin won the title for third time in a row with 305 points. Nasser Al Malki was second with 196 points and Nina Prinz with 192 points finished in thirdposition.
The Rookie of the year was Surya Raja from India.
In the Losail Asian Road Racing Championship, the podium of the first race was 100% Indian. The winner was Rajini Krishnan and Mayilvagaan Gautam and Deepak Ravikumar were second and third respectively.
In the second race, Imannuel Pratna from Indonesia finished first and Mohammad Reihnan also from Indonesia was second. The Algerian rider Walid Benterki was third in the podium.
In the final standings, the winner of the 2012/2013 Losail Asian Road Racing Series was Rajini Krishnanwith 163 points. Deepak Ravikumar finished in second place with 134 and Walid Benterki was third with 126 points.
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