Mohaah Al Ansari and Mohammed Al Balooshi share wins in the first round 2013 Qatar International Enduro
The new season for the Qatar International Enduro, organized by Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation, kicked off today at Sealine. As in the previous season, there will be three different categories for bikes (E1, E2 and E3) and quads with four rounds that will compose the championship. 26 riders registered for the 2013 opening round from Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Germany, Great Britain, Australia and France.
The Kuwaiti rider Moaath Al Ansari crossed in first position the checkered flag in the first race, with a total time of 38.53.208. The KTM rider is riding now in the E2 category. Al Ansari was riding in the E1 category in the previous season, but he feels more comfortable with the E2 category and hopes to have a nice battle with Mohammed Al Balooshi who is also competing in the E2 category.
Al Balooshi from UAE finished in the second position with a gap of 17.272. The KTM rider had a mechanical problem with his bike just some minutes before the start of the race one, but luckily he sort it out riding a second bike.
The defendant champion in the quads category, Obaid Al Kitbe from UAE finished in third position in the overall, being the first quad rider to cross the finishing line. Al Kitbe riding a Honda quad made a total timing of 39.03.530. ‘I am very happy to win the championship yesterday and leading again the Quads category even the track was a bit hard as yesterday track activity‘ Al Kitbe said at the end of the podium ceremony.
In the second race of the day, the emirati rider Mohammed Al Balooshi managed to fix his bike on time for the race and crossed the finishing line in first position with a time of 38.01.732, leading the race from the beginning to the end. ‘I am very happy with this result being in the first step in the podium and thank my team for the great job in fixing the bike on time to achieve this result. For sure Al Ansari and me will have tough and exciting battles in the coming rounds’ Al Balooshi said at the end of the second race.
The Kuwaiti rider Abdullah Al Shatti crossed the line in second position with a gap of only 2.087 behind Al Balooshi. Al Shatti is competing in the E1 category. The winner of the first race, Moaath Al Ansari crossed the line in third place. The first quad to finish the race was again Obaid Al Kitibe in the 5th position.
Regarding the championship standings, in the E1 category, Abdulla Al Shatti from Kuwait is leading with 50 points. Mubarak Al Ali, Tariq Al Hattab and Barrack Al Jasmi have 40 points.
Moaath Al Ansari and Mohammad Al Balooshi are leading the E2 category with 47 points both of them. Ali Al Kubaisi with 40 points is in third place.
In quads, the leader of this category is Obaid Al Kitibe and the Qatari Mohammed Abu Issa is second with 44 points. The third place is for Abdulla Nasser Al Ali.
After each race, it took place the podium ceremony with special awards from Alfardan Automobiles to all the winners. Trophies were presented by Mr. Rashid Al Sulaiti (QMMF Public Relations Manager), Mr. Iain Black (Clerk of Course) and Mr. Isa Al Awadi (Steward of the meeting).