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Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Saif Al Sharqi, the annual sporting event takes place during the Holy month of Ramadan, with the motocross racing being spread over 2 weekends making for exciting racing as all riders attempt to take home some of the generous prize money that is on offer. The 2012 event was held over the first 2 weekends in August and spectators were treated to a great show, with each class having two races per night that provided 4 nights of action packed racing. The purpose-built floodlit track was in great condition for the riders and with the high temperatures and humidity became a real test of the riders’ fitness levels. The competitors were split amongst 3 race classes:
The Open class was dominated by Sam Sunderland aboard a Honda CRF450R. The 23–year-old from England won all eight of the Open class races held
Top 5 per class
The Open Class: Where riders could ride 250cc or 450cc machines.
The Clubman Class: Where riders with less experience competed. Quad Cass: Four-wheeled action that provided spectators with some of the closest racing. Motjaba Karimzadeh
way fight for the win amongst Saif Al Kumaiti, Philip Van Der Walt and Sean Holder. All three riders provided great, hard fought racing and consistently finished in the top 3 in their races over the course of the two weekends. In the end it was UAE’s Saif Al Kumaiti who got the win, followed by South Africas Van Der Walt and Holder in 2nd and 3rd. Some of the weekends’ best action came from the quad class with the Obaid Al Kitbe from UAE and Sebastien Husseini involved in great battles over both weekends. The two riders went back and forth in nearly swopping victories in all the races. When the dust settled, it was Husseini that managed to come out on top overall after Al Kitbe made a few mistakes and finished 2nd whilst Mansoor Suwaidi rounded out the podium in 3rd.
over the two weekends. The newly-signed HRC Factory Honda rider led from start to finish in 7 of the 8 races and put on a great display of consistency- fast riding on the tight, technical track. While Sunderland was out front, there was a bunch of great racing going on behind him, with riders battling for the final two podium spots. At the end of the two-weekend race, it was Motjaba Karimzadeh from Iran riding a KTM 250SX-F in 2nd and South African Sean Gaugain (who recovered from a spectacular crash) riding a Honda CRF250R that rounded up the final three, both proving that consistency and determination was key in all 8 races to be able to get up on the finishing podium. In the Clubman Class, there was a three-
1.Sam Sunderland 2. Motjaba Karimzadeh 3. Sean Gaugain 4. Eric Delleuse 5. Olly Eveleigh
1.Saif Al Kumaiti 2.Philip Van der Walt 3.Sean Holder 4.Murice Dineen 5.Anwar Nuamy
1.Sebastien Husseini 2.Obaid Al Kitbe 3. Mansoor Suwaidi 4. Mobel Ali Issa 5.Alex McFarlane
OutdoorUAE September 2012