Impressive Sunderland in his debut in the Qatar International Enduro winning both races in the E2 category.
Tycho Lieske and Mohammed Jaffar winners in the E1 category – Abdulla Al Ali and Obaid Al Kitbe winners in Quads category.
The second round of Qatar International Enduro took place today at Sealine with the participation of 29 riders in different categories, E1, E2 for bikes and quads.
Sam Sunderland, in his first participation in the Qatar International Enduro won both races of the round 2 with an excellent performance. The British rider is a Honda factory rider for Cross Country Rallys and an official rider in Honda Racing Team for Rally Dakar.
In the first race of the day, Sunderland lead the race from the beginning and gave no chance to the other competitors to follow his pace. He crossed the checkered flag with a gap of 3.18 with the second classified, the UAE KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi. Both of them are riding in the E2 category.
‘I just finished my first race in Qatar and it was a really good race, nice layout of the track with some fast areas and technical places with nice mixture of terrain. I had a lot of fun, my Honda bike is really good.’ Sunderland said at the end of the podium.
For Mohammed Al Balooshi it was a very good race as he hadn’t rode since last week and he has some injures. ‘Today there was no competition with Sunderland who is really fast, so I stayed strong in the second place for the points and I ride smart to finish the race and lead the championship’ Al Balooshi stated at the end of race 1.
The third position in the E2 category was also for the UAE KTM rider Saeed Al Shenqiti. ‘The competition was very tough with a nice battle with Al Balooshi and Al Ansari. I managed to get in the second place but when Al Balooshi passed me in the middle of the race I tried to keep my position for the championship.’ Al Shenqiti said.
Regarding the E1 category, the winner was the German rider, Tycho Lieske with a Yamaha bike. During all the race, the Kuwaiti rider Mohammed Jaffar was leading his category but in the last corner he made a mistake and he lost the first place and finished in fourth position.
‘ It was a very tough race, I started in fourth place of my category and managed to came second quite quickly. I was lucky that Mohammed Jaffar had a problem in the last corner so I came in first position. ‘ Tycho said after winning the race in his category.
The second place of the E1 category was for Le Roy Botha from South Africa and third place was for Abdullah Al Shatti .
‘Today the race was very strong , I was battling with my team mate Tyco Lieske and because of the the bad luck in the last turn of Mohammed Jaffar I finished in third place. I am very happy for my team and thanks to Balooshi Racing and my sponsor Future Tech Engineering.’ Al Shatti said after the race.
In the Quad category the winner was Abdulla Nasser Al Ali from UAE with a Suzuki quad. Al Ali thanked QMMF for the organization of this championship and the good track.’ I am happy for the race, I had a hard battle with my team-mate Obaid al Ketbi and I hope more participants will come in next rounds.’ Al Ali said.
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