Qatar: Cudlin wins fifth QSBK title as Al Naimi is crowned vice champ in the last round of the Championship
May 10th 2015 – Mishal Al Naimi had a great weekend in the last round of the season of Qatar Superbike Championship, and impressed with all his timings, leading in all the practices and winning both races , but it was not enough to get the title as it was for the Australian rider Alex Cudlin for his fifth time in a row. In this last round, Cudlin finished third and second and ended the championship with 255 points and Al Naimi with 248 points was the runner up of the QSBK championship. The third place in the championship was Nasser Al Malki and Nina Prinz ended in fourth position.
In the first race, Al Naimi, who got with the pole position, lead the race during the first three laps but Al Malki managed to overtook him, keeping this position during the following six laps, but only four laps to go, Al Naimi took the lead again and crossed the checkered flag in first place. Al Malki was second in the race with 2.447 difference gap and Cudlin, came in third place. The German rider Nina Prinz was fourth and Saeed Al Sulaiti had a crash in the first laps and had to abandon and not able to start the second race.
In the Supersport category, the Qatari rider Fahid Al Sowaidi had the win in his category, followed by Essa Al Mutawa also from the State of Qatar and the Lebanese rider Mahmoud Tannir was third in his category.
Mishal Al Naimi won again the second race of the round and this time, leading the race from the start until the end, without any chance to Alex or Nasser to overtake him. Cudlin finished in second position with a difference of 1.835 from Al Naimi. Nina Prinz and Nasser Al Malki were battling all the race for the third place in the podium, and the German rider was in front of Al Malki for the last five laps, but in the last lap, Al Malki managed to overtake her and taking the third place at the end.
Fahid Al Sowaidi won again in the Supersport category but this time the second place was for Jassim Al Thani and Essa al Mutawa came third.
In the Supersport category, the championship title was for the Qatari rider Jassim Al Thani, with 240 points and the Lebanese Mahmoud Tannir came in second overall with 217. Fahid Al Sowaidi, who changed to this category in the middle of the season, made a great performance in all the rounds and with four victories and four second places, ended the championship in third place with 180 points.
In the Championship final podium, the trophy for the Rookie of the year was for the Saudi rider Ahmed Al Muyini who ended the championship in 8th place with 87 points.
Trophies were presented by Mr. Khaleh Saleh Al Attiyah (QMMF Public Relations Manager), Mr.Mohamed Saad Al Morraikhi (QMMF General Secretary) and Mr.Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah (QMMF President, LIC General Manager and FIM Deputy President. ‘First of all, I would like to thank to all the riders and teams for their participation in the Qatar Superbike Championship. It has been today a very good race and great championship season. I am very happy with the performance of all the teams and riders and the level of the organization, and the support of the Government to make this championship growing, and also to thank all the volunteers, staff and production team for the great images of this championship. We have a good image of this championship with a great number of participants. We are working for the next season with more surprises, and hope to make the motorcycle culture stronger in the region’ Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah said after the event.
Alex Cudlin – 1st 255 points
‘I am really happy to win my fifth QSBK championship. It has been a very hard year but but amazing season. I never had tough five year ago to take the number 1 plate five times and I have spent a very good year and I can’t thank enough QMMF and my team who made a fantastic job. In the round 3 we suffered a lot due to some mechanical failures and the rest of the season we tried to reduce the gap with Mishal every round to finally win the championship today.’
Mishal Al Naimi – 2nd 248 points
‘I am happy with the results in this round, I pushed very hard from the beginning, from the first free practice. I feel good all this weekend with the bike, but for the championship, I am not happy that I couldn’t get the title. I was leading the championship during most of the rounds, but due to a problem in the last round , I couldn’t score points and this was very bad for the championship. But this is racing and I am happy with my second position and many thanks to Ooredoo for all the support during the season and to QMMF for making the championship stronger every time and hope that in the next season I can win the title’.
Nasser Al Malki – 3rd 181 points
‘I started the race very good at the beginning, but the track conditions were not perfect after the rain so I slowed down for 6-7 laps and Mishal was faster in these condition, but after the last five laps, I started to push again in the clean lines of the track and in the last lap I passed Nina , which was good for me to be in the podium again. I want to thank all my team for the good job and hope next year we will be back to win the championship’
Jassim Al Thani – 1st 240 points (Supersport category)
‘I am really happy for this championship and for winning it. Thanks to QMMF and Mr.Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah for making this championship for the 600cc class and hope that this category will continue in the coming seasons.’
Mahmoud Tannir – 2nd 217 points (Supersport category)
‘Happy to end the championship in second place. A little mistake in race 2 cost us a possible win after 5 laps but that is racing and I am very happy with this result from our first full season in this championship. I want to thank my team, sponsors, QMMF and family for all the support’
Fahid Al Sowaidi – 3rd 180 points (Supersport category)
‘I am very satisfied with my result in the championship and I really enjoyed it. I changed the category in the middle of the season, so I am happy to finish the Supersport category in the third overall. Many thanks to Ooredoo for their continuous support and QMMF for this championship.’
Qatar Superbike Championship Final
Alex Cudlin (AUS) Kawasaki 255 pts
Mishal Al Naimi (QAT) Honda 248 pts
Nasser Al Malki (QAT) BMW 181 pts
Nina Prinz (GER) Kawasaki 167 pts
Anthoy West (AUS) Kawasaki 150 pts
Saeed Al Sulaiti (QAT) Kawasaki 143 pts
Rajini Krishnan (IND) Suzuki 109 pts
Ahmed Al Muyuni (KSA) BMW 87 pts
Jassim Al Thani (QAT) Triumph 240 pts
Mahmoud Tannir (LEB) Honda 217 pts
Fahid Al Sowaidi (QAT) Honda 180 pts
Nasser Al Khadra (KUW) Yamaha 168 pts
Abdulaziz Binladin (KSA)BMW 150 pts