2016-2017, All News, Round 5

Qatar’s rider Mashel Al Naimi got his third pole position of the season and will start tomorrow in front of the grid.

From the 9 riders that took part in the Superpole 2, Al Naimi was the fastest rider with a time of 2:05.225. In the Superpole 1, Jassim Al Thani and Soud Al Thani were the two riders promoted to participate in the Superpole 2.

‘I didn’t expect my lap time so slow, it is slower than before, I tried to do 2:04 but I don’t know what happened today. The bike is still new, I did only 300km I have to use it more to make the engine better because I have a problem in the beginning with the throttle, the bike has no power at the beginning. I will try tomorrow to push to win both races, I fell not so bad but in the warm up I will try to change something in the set up’ Al Naimi said.

Saeed Al Sulaiti will start from the second place on the grid as he did a laptime of 2:05.401 in the Superpole 2.

‘In the free practices we made some changes in the set up to see if we can adapt the bike and make it better for this conditions, a lot of heat and they were very good, we were leading the first 2 practices but unfortunately in the Qualifying , after two laps I felt I am losing the front, I felt a lot of bumping in the front and when the session ended up we discovered that the tyre pressure went really low, almost mid way because there is some leak in the reem and let’s try to avoid this for tomorrow and race for the win’ said Al Sulaiti.

The winner of last race, Nasser Al Malki, was the third rider in the Superpole 2, 2:05.828. Al Malki was happy with his performance during the sessions as his lap timing were better than last rounds ‘I made some changes in the bike, I fixed the problem as I changed something in the suspension and now the bike is working better and I feel the bike. I can do better laptimings now and I am there almost. I am still working on the set up to be more faster and hope to get good points and results in this round’ commented Al Malki.


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