Dubai: Emirati Ahmed Al Maqoodi wins the Dubai International Rally 2016

Dubai: Emirati Ahmed Al Maqoodi wins the Dubai International Rally 2016


Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9th December 2016-Local favourite Ahmed Al Maqoodi drew on his desert experience to take international category  honours in the Dubai International Rally, which took place over more than 200 kilometres of grueling dunes in and beyond the Al Qudra area of Dubai. By the end of the two stages of racing, driving a Polaris RZR 1000 Al Maqoodi took a lead of more than 35 minutes from Emirati Atif Al Zarouni in his Rage Comet buggy, who in turn finished ahead of Michel Fadel, also driving a Polaris RZR 1000.

Behind them, Britain Tom Bell was victorious in the T1.1 category (cars) in his Bowler EXR, 25 minutes ahead of Ahmed Al Shuhail and an hour in front of experienced U.A.E. Desert Challenge competitor Emil Khneisser, both in Nissan Patrols.

In 7th place were husband and wife team Ian and Sheila Barker in their Nissan Patrol, whilst Georgy Gomshiashvili came home in 8th position (Predator X18S)

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum (Polaris Ace) won the National class buggy category, with Sheikh Mohammed Al Qassimi in second and Derek Edmonson in third place. In National Autos, Khaled Al Feraihi finished ahead of Meshari Al Thefiri.

In the National Moto category, Northern Irish veteran of the U.A.E desert racing scene David McBride grasped victory by a nail biting four seconds on his KTM 450RR from Emirati Mohammed Al Balooshi (KTM SXF 450) and two and a half minutes ahead of Khaled Al Falasi, making it a clean sweep for Yamaha with his YZ 480.

Close behind Khalid was Saudi Abdulmajid Al Khulaifi in first place in the quad category riding a Yamaha 450, beating Emirati Humaid Al  Mashghouni (Honda TRX 700) into second place, followed by Kuwaiti Fahad Al Musallam in third on his Yamaha Raptor 700.

Austrian Dana Miskulnig took first place in the ladies moto category.

Sheikh Khalid bin Faisal Al Qassimi was disappointed not to start Dubai International Rally due to a technical problem which developed within his car shortly before the race. Sheikh Khalid will now focus on his training and vehicle development for the Dakar Rally. Al Qassimi and Abu Dhabi Racing wished the best of luck and a safe race to the ATC-UAE and all competitors.



The trophy presentation was made by ATC-UAE President Mohammed ben Sulayem  at the Bab Al Shams arena. Mohammed Bin Sulayem of course had himself won the Dubai International Rally on 15 previous occasions, ahead of Qatari Nasser Al Attyia (10 times), Emirati Sheikh Khaid bin Faisal Al Qassemi (3 times), Britain Chris Welsh (2 times), Swedish Bjorn Waldegard (1 time)  and Qatari Saeed Al Hajiri (1 time).

The event was under assessment as a candidate round for the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies and a decision based on that assessment will be made soon.

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10 hrs ago


Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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Good. laps .. for redding.. Marquez out...

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

Great performance by Pol & Scott at the end💪🏼..that was a cracker💥..

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

however Mac Marquez with his current performance does not have to be Marquez's best

MM 93

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Very cool video MotoGP. More like this one please!!!

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Redding and Iannone can beat Marquez they just don't get competitive bikes

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

now whrs redding? gone?

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Luthi is moto2 governor.. 🤣🤣🤣

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

Joe Barker a fond memory. Can’t believe how empty it looks!

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12 hrs ago


The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

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Maybe that won’t see this sunday, I’d rather watch all the riders fighting for the victory. ✊🏻🏍

Good Day all.

Encore! Encore! Do it again!

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Cmt giữ chức

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!


From 2013 ride same bike. Omg. I never meet coward person in motogp like this. All want to see u wc with weaker bike like a aprillia, ktm, suzuki or yamaha. Not ducati. Ducati strong now no need you

And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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15 hrs ago


Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

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