-- Cudlin opens Qatar account
Australia’s three-time and defending Qatari Superbike Champion, Alex Cudlin,
endured a tough start to the 2013/2014 Qatari Superbike Championship (QSBK)
season at the Losail Circuit in the desert of Qatar, leaving the round with one
win and a 2nd place finish. Alex is now tied for the championship lead with QMMF
teammate, Nasser Al Malki (BMW S 1000 RR).
Kawasaki ZX-10R-mounted Cudlin began his quest for a fourth straight Qatari
title win in fine style, decimating the field in qualifying to take pole
position with a 2:03.624 lap, over one second ahead of Al Malki with Mashel Al
Naimi in 3rd.
Cudlin’s Kawasaki struggled off the line at the start of race one, ending the
first corner in sixth position, as Al Malki streaked away in the lead. The
Aussie then began to claw back the lead, passing four riders to be second after
three laps. Another two laps later he blasted past Al Malki and set about
building an advantage.
A red flag at the seventh lap caused some confusion, as Cudlin believed himself
to be 5sec in front, but the race organisers pulled the lap count back by three
laps, meaning that Cudlin had to start from second on the grid for the restart.
With an already worn tyre from his previous charge through the field, Cudlin had
to settle for second place with Al Malki taking the first win of the season.
Race two would be a much more rewarding encounter for the Taree champion, as
Alex hit the front early on and powered home to a commanding 2.5sec victory.
“It was pretty confusing in race one, because I had done more laps than were
counted. My tyre was shot to bits so I couldn’t do anything about Al Malki in
the lead after the restart. That’s just racing sometimes. I was happy to get the
gold after race two. I took the lead early and rode as hard as I could, so it
was a great feeling to see the checkered flag as I crossed the line in first
"We are still finding our way with the set-up of the QMMF Kawasaki ZX-10R at
this track but it is getting better all the time, so I’m looking forward to
getting back here in November to really slam it home. I want a double win and
won’t be happy until it happens” Said Alex
1 Alex Cudlin Kaw 45
2 Nasser Al Malki BMW 45
3 Mashel Al Naimi Hon 29
4 Nina Prinz Kaw 29
5 Saeed Al Sulaiti Kaw 22