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Al Beloushi off to a blistering start

Emirati launches bid for Arab Motorcross Championship with confidence

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 16:59 November 16, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy: Arab Motorcross Championship
  • Mohammad Al Beloushi started the defence of his Arab Motocross Championship title with a comfortable win.

Dubai: Mohammad Al Beloushi launched his bid for the Arab Motocross Championship, winning the first of two races at the DMX Motocross track in Jebel Ali in the presence of the event’s supporter and patron Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Al Beloushi pulled away with ease from the 27-man field, completing 11 laps of the 1,600m track with a time of 21 minutes and 55 seconds.

“It was a big field out there but I am really happy with the way I’m riding at the moment and am really confident going into the second race,” said Al Beloushi.

“The key is now I still have plenty of energy reserves left in me, because in this game it’s all about how much you have left in the tank going into the final race. It doesn’t matter if you win the first race by one minute or an hour, once you know you are well in front you can start to relax a little and then give it all in the final race,” he added.

Taking place in UAE for the first time, the Arab Motocross Championship is organised by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).

The event has attracted a record line-up of top riders from eight Middle East countries competing across two bike categories (MX1 and MX2) and one pro quad bike category, with all categories contesting two races each.

Earlier on Friday, Emirati Mansour Salem won the first race of pro quad bike category, beating a seven-man field, while Mohammad Jafar of Kuwait was the fastest rider in the MX2 category. Al Beloushi was top of the MX1 category. With three more races to come this afternoon for each category, the stage is set for a thrilling finale.

The Arab Motocross Championship 2012 is the first competitive racing series of the Arab Motorcycle Federation (AMF) following its overhaul in August this year at its Riyadh headquarters in Saudi Arabia — a move driven by the Union of Arab National Olympic Committees to take competitive bike racing in the Middle East to the next level.

Designed by Sean Gaugain at Gecko Motorcycles, the DMX Motocross Track has so far provided scintillating action for both riders and spectators alike, with a series of manmade table tops, step ups, whoops, drop offs, rhythm sections and doubles challenging the best pro riders that the region has to offer.

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