Balooshi impresses in the opening round of the new season of Qatar International Enduro
The Emirati rider Mohammed Balooshi had a great performance in the opening round of the season of Qatar International Enduro took place today at Sealine with the participation of 27 riders.
In the first race of the day, the victory was for the Emirati rider Mohammed Al Balooshi who competes in the E2 category. The defendant champion of his category lead the race from the beginning to the checkered flag and gave no chance to his team mate, Mohammed Jaffar to overtake him. Balooshi crossed the line with a gap of 1.375 ahead the Kuwaiti rider Jaffar who rides in the E1 category.
‘I start the season with a good lead; I am where I finished the last season, leading the championship and is always good to begin with victories. Now is time to play smart, do what is necessary to keep the gap and take it moto per moto. Today the track was a bit longer, almost 6km but it was nice and more technical than last races, it is a challenging track and I like it.’ Balooshi said after winning race 1.
‘It was a good start of the year for me, winning the first race of the year in my category. The track was very nice and I enjoyed a lot’ stated Mohammed Jaffar after the first race.
The podium ceremony of the E1 was 100% Kuwaiti, with Mohammed Jaffar in first place and Abdullah Al Shatti and Tariq Al Hattab in second and third place respectively.
Saeed Al Shenqiti from UAE and Moath Al Ansari from Kuwait were second and third respectively in the podium of E2 with Mohammed Al Balooshi in the top step.
The French rider Anthony Claude was the first quad to cross the line.
In the second race, Balooshi made a great start and won from the start until the end with an excellent pace. This time, the gap between him and Mohammed Jaffar was bigger, 8.796.
The competition in the second moto was very tough between Balooshi and his teammates. In the first part of the race, Balooshi had the pressure of the Emirate rider Saeed Al Shenquiti and later the pressure came from Mohammed Jaffar.
In the E1 podium ceremony, the first and second places were again for Mohammed Jaffar and Abdullah Al Shatti as in race 1 respectively. The third place was for Barak Al Jasmi also from Kuwait.
The podium for E2 category was exactly the same as in race 1: Balooshi, Al Shenqiti and Al Ansari.
It was a very tough race, harder than in moto 1. In the moto 2, I was really tired to go in, but once I had the start I managed it. First I had the pressure from Saeed for two laps and in the last four laps it was Mohamme Jaffar who pushed. I was really exhausted by the end but I was happy to keep the lead and for me it is a nice felling to finish the day leading the championship, like this is always a good feeling’ Balooshi said after the two wins.
‘This was one of the toughest races I had ever had here in Qatar. It was a very nice competition with my coach Balooshi. We have been working together for the last the last three weeks, preparing for this and we can say that this is the result of the hard work and hope to keep it for the future rounds’ Mohammed Jaffar said after the second race.
‘It was a very good race and thanks to QMMF for the good arrangement and nice track. It was a very nice and tough race specially battling with our coach Mohammed Al Balooshi and my teammates. I finished second in both races which is very good for the first round and stay in the second position overall’ Al Shenqiti stated after race 2.
Anthony Claude was again the first quad to cross the line.
In the standings, Balooshi is leading the E2 category with 50 points, Saeed Al Shenqiti is second with 44 points and Moath Al Ansari is third with 40 points.
Jaffar is leading the E1 category with 50 points and Abdullah Al Shatti is second with 44 points. The third place is for Tariq Al Hattab with 38 points.
Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya, QMMF President, thanked to all the teams and riders their participation in the opening round of the third season of the Qatar International Enduro. ‘It is great to see that the competiton is every race harder between the riders, so the level of this championship is higher after each round. Hope that more participants will join us in the following rounds’ QMMF President said.
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