2018-2019, Round 1

In Qatar Superstock 600, Saeed Al Sulaiti took the first pole of the season at the Losail International Circuit and clocked a lap time of 2:04.438.

Al Sulaiti will start the race in the first row, ahead of compatriot Mashel Al Naimi, who posted the second best time of 2:05.296 and Abdullah Al Qubaisi will start in third position in the grid with a time of 2:05.321.

‘I am really happy to be in first position in today sessions and get the Superpole. Compared to last week in the official test, I feel much better with the injury in my finger and actually I didn’t expect to be in front with this lap time. Of course, the race will be difficult tomorrow with 12 laps and I believe there will be a good fight between Abdullah, Mishal and myself so let’s see tomorrow’ said Al Sulaiti.

Although Al Naimi couldn’t fix the problems with the front tyre from last week, he is satisfied with his second position ‘Overall I am happy with this result. I managed to find a good set up in the Superpole with the used tyre but still have some problem with the front tyre as it happened last week during the official practice. Tomorrow in the warm up we will try to do something different in the front fork’ said Al Naimi.

Al Qubaisi tried to make a good time in the free practice 2 and at the Superpole he managed to do the third best time, only 0.025 behind Al Naimi.

In the QSTK Trophy, the fastest rider was Jassim Al Thani with a time of 2:09.293 with Kuwaiti rider Mohammed Al Zaidan and Hassan Al Mansoori in second and third place respectively in their category.

‘For me, the new season is a new beginning for me. I started with a good timing, I trained very well in the off-season and I am ready to compete for the win. For tomorrow, I will start in a good position and I will try to keep this place and hopefully compete with QSTK riders’ commented Al Thani.

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