Qatar: Cudlin and Al Naimi to fight for the Qatar Superbike Championship title this weekend in Losail
Losail, Thurs May 7th 2015 – This weekend it will be the last round of the season for Qatar Superbike Championship and it is going to be an exciting weekend with a tough battle between Cudlin and Al Naimi for the title. The Aussie QMMF rider has an advantage of 21 points ahead of the Qatari rider, Mashel Al Naimi, but with 50 points left, everything can happen.
Cudlin has been on the podium in all rounds except in the third round where he lost a lot of points due to mechanical problems and he hopes to end the season with a victory and the championship.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekends 2 races. I feel really motivated and ready. We have been clawing back points all season on Mashel and the enter the final round ahead on points is positive. I’ve said at the start that I want to win my 5th straight championship, so I hope on Saturday that comes true. I will of course try and win both races this weekend, but the most important is to try and win the championship,” says Cudlin.
Al Naimi has been leading the championship since the fifth round, but in in the last round he couldn’t he had problems with his Honda bike and didn’t start in the second race.
“I am very excited for this weekend and ready for a nice battle with Alex. I know it will be difficult to win the championship but I will try my best to win both races and wait to see what Alex can do, but for sure it will be an exciting weekend”, says Al Naimi.
The second battle of the weekend will be for the third place in the championship. Anthony West is third in the standings with 150 points but as he will not race this weekend, the fight for the third place will be between Nasser Al Malki, Saeed Al Sulaiti and Nina Prinz, as there are only 4 points gap between all of them.
In the Supersport category, the championship will be also decided this weekend as the Qatari rider Jassim Al Thani is leading his category with 207 points and Mahmoud Tannir from Lebanon is second with 190 points.
On Friday 8th, the track activity will start at 17:00 with the free practice 1, followed by the free practice 2 at 19:15. The Qualifying session is scheduled at 21:15 and the Superpole will be at 22:15. Races will be on Saturday, with the first race of the round at 19:35 and the second race at 22:20.
Standings after Round 6
1.Alex Cudlin (AUS) Kawasaki 219 pts
2.Mashel Al Naimi (QAT) Honda 198 pts
3.Anthony West (AUS) Kawasaki 150 pts
4.Nasser Al Malki (QAT) BMW 145 pts
5.Saeed Al Sulaiti (QAT) Kawasaki 143 pts
6.Nina Prinz (GER) Kawasaki 141 pts
7.Rajini Krishnan (IND) Kawasaki 109 pts
8.Yousef Al Malki (QAT) BMW 83 pts
9.Ahmed Al Muyini (KSA) BMW 65 pts
1.Jassim Al Thani (QAT) Triumph 207 pts
2.Mahmoud Tannir (LIB) Honda 190 pts
3.Abdul Aziz Binladin (KSA) BMW 150 pts
4.Nasser Al Khadra (KUW) Yamaha 144 pts
5.Fahid Al Sowaidi (QAT) Honda 130 pts