Cudlin, Nedobity top in qualifying at Losail Circuit

February 15, 2014 - 2:49:46 am

Alex Cudlin in action third round of Qatar Superbike at Losail International Circuit, yesterday. The three-time defending champion clocked 2:02.713 in the qualifying session with his Kawasaki bike.

Doha: Cudlin clinched the pole position yesterday in the third round of Qatar Superbike at Losail International Circuit. 

The three-time defending champion clocked 2:02.713 in the qualifying session with his Kawasaki bike. 

Nasser Al Malki was the fastest second rider with a lap time of 2.03.168. 

“I qualified in pole and my lap time was the best time with my Kawasaki. I am happy for the result and because we are improving and I think that tomorrow there will be a big fight with Nasser,” Cudlin said after the qualifying session. 

Nina Prinz, the QMMF team-mate of Cudlin, had a problem with her new bike.

“I had a problem with my new bike and I was lucky that I could changed to the old bike, so I am happy that the mechanic made it ready on time and I hope we can fix the new bike for tomorrow” Nina said after the sessions.

In the Losail Asia Road Racing Series (LARRS), the Chinese rider Yuan Jibo was the fastest in his category. 

“This is my second time in Qatar but my first time riding a 600cc. It is a good bike and I really like the circuit and I hope tomorrow I make a good race.”

The leader of the LARRS, Manca Katrasnik was happy with her result yesterday.

“The session was ok, the bike is good and the weather was perfect for the timings. I am very happy with my result and I feel very good with the bike after the last race that was in november,” Katrasnik said.

“I feel good after the qualifying session as I dropped 3 seconds from the second practice. We did some changes in the suspension and it worked phenomenon. I am very excited for the race tomorrow, this is my first time in this track and I am really happy with the day. Thanks to QMMF for this opportunity,” the American rider Shelina Moreda said at the end of the day. 

For Victoria Kis from Hungary it was also a great day and experience to ride for her first time on the Qatari track.

“Thanks for the Qatar Motor Federation for this chance, It is a new category for me as I am used to ride 1000cc and I have to learn this bike, but for sure I can go faster tomorrow in some areas and I am sure it will be a great race,” Victoria said. 

For the lebanese rider Badar Hanner, she didn’t feel very good yesterday with the bike as she is still recovering from some injuries but hopes to notch better lap timings today.

In the wualifying session of the Qatar Challenge, Pavel Nedobity Czech Republic took the pole position with a lap time of2:30.564 in his Lotus. 

“The qualifying was good for me and the track is fine but a bit different than last race as it is a little warmer as we are driving in day time but we have to adapt to this but we have experience in that. The group seems to be much closer with the timings so tomorrow all of us expect a closer racing and very exciting, ”Nedobity said after the practice session.

Eric Febbo will star from the second place in the grid with a lap time of 2:30:810.

The first bike race will be today at 11:20am and the second race at 2:50pm. The car race is scheduled at 1:30pm. 

The Peninsula

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