FIM Baja: Mohammed Al Balooshi clinches Bajas FIM World Championship title in Hungary

FIM Baja: Mohammed Al Balooshi clinches Bajas FIM World Championship title in Hungary

Emirati star rider Mohammed Al Balooshi clinched the Bajas World Title last Saturday in Hungary, and with this exceptional achievement he gave the United Arab Emirates its first ever FIM World Championship.

This new achievement by Mohammed Al Balooshi sets yet another milestone for the sport in the UAE, reinforcing once again his role as pioneer and a constant figure in the development of the sport in the country; but the reach of this outstanding accomplishment goes far beyond our country’s limits placing him as the first Arab to ever win a World Title in a motorcycle in the FIM Off Road series. Exultant, yet exhausted after the effort, Balooshi commented

“I am very happy to have been able to put this medal to the achievements of the UAE. Our country came a long way in the motorsport and it’s an honor to be able to make this humble contribution, and a motive of great pride to have my name next to the UAE flag, engraved forever in the FIM records. I hope to also represent well the Arab world and do justice to so many great athletes who work hard, and keep pushing their limits, always following their passion. I’m struggling with words right now to describe how proud and happy I feel for me and my team, for my country, for the sport…”

The weekend was filled with drama at Veszprén, the picturesque city hosting the last round of the World Cup in Hungary, which constitutes at the same time one of the oldest urban areas of the region. Heavy rain over the past week ravaged the rally terrain, resulting on many areas of the planned route of the race becoming completely inaccessible and a serious threat to the competitor’s integrity. The extreme situation with flooded fields and dangerous mud banks which in cases were close to 1 meter of depth, forced the organizers to even have to modify parts of the race on the go, which added to an already challenging weekend.

With over 15 years of career as professional athlete under his belt, and all national and regional awards that can be possibly won in his palmarés, Al Balooshi is not new to difficulties. His drive and determination have taken him a long way and bring to memory the time in which roughly 2 years ago, after leading Pharaos Rally in Egypt all week, and then suffering a mechanical set back on the last day of competition, he just pushed his motorcycle for 5 kilometers through ups and downs of the Egyptian desert, to finish in third position overall. The KTM Rally Replica weights 146 kgs. With an empty tank, by the way, so the real weight that day was close to 160 kgs. This extraordinary effort and his unbreakable determination gave Balooshi a podium and allowed him to hold the UAE flag high in front of the world, but also gained him the reputation of hero not only in the UAE but in the international motorsport community, where he is deeply respected and considered part of this super exclusive elite of the best of the best riders in the world. Balooshi was also the first Emirati competitor to complete the legendary Dakar Rally  on a motorcycle earlier this year in South America, the so called “toughest rally in the world” or “the bone breaker” like many like to call it.

Mahir Badri, Managing Director at Sports2, the engine behind new World Champion’s International Race Program, said:

“It took us years working as a team, we faced a lot of challenges, and struggled a lot to reach to this point. This achievement is the result of very hard work, a lot of talent, and a strong believe. Even when it looked that we couldn’t go on, we never stopped believing in the project, in the talented and professional athlete we had, and in the dream of taking the UAE to a scene that has been ruled by Europeans throughout its history.  We believed we could win this for our people and today the dream is a reality. We are very proud of working with such an amazing athlete like Mohammed who has strong moral and professional values!  Also at this special time we need to thank all of those companies and friends who supported the project, some of them stayed with us longer than others, but all of them have been instrumental to Mohammed’s Word Title” and he closed with a message for younger generations of athletes by saying “ I believe that this a great example for new UAE talents, sportsmen and women who are impassioned about their sport, to take the steps of this great athlete, professionalise their sport, and never stop believing and fighting to conquer their dreams. ”

The last day at Hungarian Baja started with rain and changing terrain moving from supper slippery mud, to dry and rocky areas, back to thicker, sticky and deeper mud which as soon as gets in contact with the tyres, starts accumulating to end up covering the tyre blocks and converting the full tyre into a slick surface, right in the moment when the terrain is slippery, and competitors need the safety provided by the blocks’ grip. Al Balooshi also had to battle with mechanical problems, struggling with his KTM’s petrol pump all day, which continued failing when getting in touch with water. These difficulties costed him in the end a penalty which threatened with setting him back in the results, but luckily the advantage accumulated earlier in the race and in season, allowed him to sustain his position and emerge as the new King of Bajas.

Professionalism, strength, fitness, even mechanical knowledge, the UAE man had to put everything he had at play during Hungarian Baja to overcome adversity and the bad luck of having his bike giving him serious trouble, but in the end yet again he arose strong and victorious granting the World Title glory for the United Arab Emirates.

Grateful for the support received the new sovereign Captain Balooshi added: “This moment is very overwhelming, and I will probably need a few days for this to sink in and get used to the idea that I’m World Champion, the dream of my life. But I couldn’t have done without the backing of many people and companies that I need to name publicly. Of course Sports2 and my dear friend Mahir Badri who have never let go my hand, but also Redbull who have been a strong support and dear friends for many years, Yahsat Satellite Internet because without their support at the early stage of this program we wouldn’t have had the chance to move forward, Abu Dhabi Aviation, Maximus Air and Al Ain water gave us their backing when needed, the Abu Dhabi Sport Council allowed us to continue dreaming at a point in which we were struggling  a lot. Emirates Airline supported us with their amazing logistics, Thuraya Telecom was there for us as well. Even an international brand like Casio believed in me and in the project and joined forces with us so we could keep going. The ATCUAE granted us the permissions to participate without objections and in many cases even waving the cost of the permits relieving the burden on our always skinny budget. When you are a small private team like us, every single bit of support counts and makes a difference, for this I am grateful, and I want to share a part of this achievement with you all. This win is also yours”

facebook feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

18 minutes ago

F1

🏁 Robert Kubica is P1 😀 ... See Less

🏁 Robert Kubica is P1 😀

Comment on Facebook

I wish he still had a full time Formula One drive in a much better car than last year's Williams. Given time to readjust to the sport I think the world would've started seeing the driver we all remembered and admired again...

Where are these people now who said he is an embarrassement to F1, that he can't drive properly with one hand? Clearly, the car was a problem last year. Even Claire admitted Robert's car behaved unpredictably. And yes I know it's testing and I know he was in quali mode, but his time shows he still has potential.

It’s only testing I know but it’s nice to see him at the top of a chart, he was so fast back in his prime, he really should have been a champion.

.4 gap to a Red Bull and .6 to a Mercedes...so Kubica was giving it everything and the others were concentrating on long runs, then!

So kubica is 2.5 sec faster then raikkonen and still he is without a seat 😱😱😱😱 just imagine him in a merc! He wuld be 25time champion 😂😂😂😂

We don't know what the teams setups are. Not saying it's not impressive but he's about a second and a half off last week's fastest.

Wish the entire season was this mixed up and not just Mercades up front. Makes it boring.

Wow look how much faster he is than Kimi. Obviously testing times mean EVERYTHING and he needs a race seat right away 🙄

finally a good amount of laps from ferrari without issues... hope they keep this momentum

Calling it right now, Kubica gonna be back on the grid in 2021. Wouldnt be suprised if he replaces Kimi

Showboating Kubica. I bet he's driving past the Williams garage with a single digit raised...

Kimi fanboy will get triggered after they see Kubica laptime. Good, this is my wet dream to see two most anoying driver fanboy group in F1 to fight

Wow P1 in testing! The time cars are wait....TESTED! It is not Quali pace or race pace!

Only driver doing a quali run lol but fair play

the lap time should be written in the color of the tire used to mark the time, , whether in training or racing...

How many sandbags did Mercedes bring to Barcelona this year??

Two seconds slower than last weeks fastest time! The next two days will see the teams chasing performance so the times will ramp up.👍

A competitive car is all he needed.. Wish he would have moved to alpha romeo and paired up with Kimi and fought for mid field racing.... P1 at last for Bob... ❤❤❤

So now all the Polish fans with last years conspiracy theories as to how Russell annihilated their man will claim that this proves that Robert truly is the best driver on the track this year.

Shows what he can do when he’s not driving a tractor round the track

I know they say don't read to much into testing times but as a die hard Mclaren fan I'm getting worried

My concern is... Is McLaren sandbagging?? They are on regular 1:18s and I'm not sure if they have an extra second to lower their times. Are they only focusing on race pace and reliability?

Nefyn Roberts What are the odds that they've ran that underweight and low fuel for Kubica's sponsors?

One more time he proves that a car was problem - not he.

Think some teams are sandbagging a little?

View more comments

26 minutes ago

24H Series

For the 12H MONZA we can add another team: Fun-M Motorsport. They will drive in Monza with their BMW M240i Racing Cup. It will be the 9th BMW in the race! 🏁

#thisisendurance #24hseries #24hseries2020 #12hmonza #motorsport #BMW
... See Less

For the 12H MONZA we can add another team: Fun-M Motorsport.  They will drive in Monza with their BMW M240i Racing Cup. It will be the 9th BMW in the race! 🏁

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #24HSERIES2020  #12HMONZA #motorsport #BMW

1 hr ago

Dakar Rally

Here it is, #MySaudiDakar Episode 2. We follow 2020 Dakar champion 🇺🇸Casey Currie and show you just how much this victory meant to him. 🏆

#Dakar2020

إليكم الجزء الثاني من داكار السعودي⠀
تابعنا بطل فئة المركبات الصحراوية الخفيفة كاسي كاري لمعرفة ماذا يعني له الفوز باللقب
... See Less

2 hrs ago

F1

Tiametmarduk, aarava and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Esports driver Dani Bereznay soaked up the atmosphere last week at testing 🤩 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

It's good to see F1 YouTubers being recogised in the community.

During the off seasons many years ago I used to watch their gameplay videos on YouTube all the time, they've come a long way

It's so weird to see f1 youtubers being mentioned on the official f1 page

Awesome. Been a fan of Tiametmarduk for a couple years now.

Aarav and Ben are THE best F1 YouTubers

All off rhe best for Alfa Romeo old love that never dies

Aarav without glasses, you love to see it

Polish Power ❤🇵🇱

hey ben...

Forza Kubica

Das so komisch das die da alle rumrennen Lukas Amd

It's so good to their success! 🤩

View more comments

3 hrs ago

F1

New look ✅ New features ✅ Bigger prizes ✅
F1 Fantasy is BACK for 2020!!! 🙌 Pick your team for Melbourne now >> f1.com/F1FantasyFB
... See Less

New look ✅ New features ✅ Bigger prizes ✅
F1 Fantasy is BACK for 2020!!! 🙌 Pick your team for Melbourne now >> https://f1.com/F1FantasyFB

Comment on Facebook

#F12019GamePlay, Episode 11; German Grand Prix (Full Race) Driving As The Legend #LewisHamilton in a 25% race in the #GermanGrandPrix using Logitech G29 with Manual Gearbox. Formula 1 Pre Season Challenge on this Channel Where I am going to start last every race on the calendar and see if we can win the WDC! youtu.be/NmX_ua8iFRk Subscribe to my Youtube channel 👇 www.youtube.com/c/EMB3SimRacer Make sure to check Previous F1 Pre Season Challenge Episodes 👇 www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQuPyCUGNcrIrEQ3Z2F3IaiJ0QgzHUzX

Can we please please please get an app for this that can push reminders!

Americans and their daily fantasy sports 🙄. I sure do hope F1 gets bought by some other entity right about now. Heck, I’d welcome Bernie back with open arms

Fantasy for the most predictable of all Motorsports? $$ subscriptions must be behind it..

Can't pick any team since Melbourne isn't going to happen because corona.

Nårh Jeppe .... Skal vi se om vi kan slå Bo DEN her gang, eller skal vi bare lade være med at invitere ham? 😉😂

Release PLAY STORE APP please...

🇵🇱 Join Verva Racing F1 League 🏁: 76285ac713

David Gordon we putting a team in this year?

Ed Simbol. We getting in on this F1 fantasy or what?!! Lol

Alex Crookz Laura Jones good luck!! Can’t wait

Morten Midtgaard Nielsen

Bjorn Sharky D'Hoker

Tony Fletcher lets see if we can do better then last year 😂

Daniel Crewe Chris Hanssen will do this season

Nicky Sims

Matt Kristian time for me to win again

Sergio Briceño

Ian Gilly Gilchrist

Andrew Judson

Chaz Bradley

Tom Houghton

Delta Skye Bellagarda

Chris Watts - Office sweepstake?

Daniel Busson - fancy a friendly rivalry?

View more comments

Load more