Nov 8, 2010
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8 Hours of Doha
QERT fights for FIM Superstock World Cup in Qatar
The 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship is maintaining all its suspense until the end of the season. The final round on Saturday November 13 on the Losail International Circuit in Qatar will be crucial. Here, the battle for the 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship crown will be played out between the private Swiss Bolliger team on Kawasaki and the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team, the official French team. The situation is similar in Superstock.
The leader in the provisional 2010 Superstock standings, Qatar Endurance Racing Team I (Suzuki), the 2008 and 2009 FIM World Cup winner, is a favourite for victory in the Superstock class. To take this FIM World Cup three times in a row, QERT I is strengthening its crew. Anthony Delhalle and Alex Cudlin will ride on the Suzuki 95 with Mishal Al Naimi, the Qatari rider engaged this year in Moto2 after two seasons of Endurance with QERT.
This reinforcement will be crucial in order to face the determination of BMW Andalucia who has accumulated many points in the FIM World Cup since its national event in Albacete. The S 1000 RR Andalucia led by Camille Hedelin, Alvaro Molina and Agoston Rosivall is only eleven points behind the Suzuki QERT I after a Superstock podium in Spain and a fifth place at the Bol d'Or. Victory in Doha provides thirty points.
A little further behind in the provisional rankings, other teams are still mathematically able to win the FIM World Cup and will fight for the Superstock podium. Team Motors Events (Baptiste Guittet, Vincent Bocquet and Emilien Humeau on Suzuki) is twenty points behind the QERT I. Twenty-two points behind the leader, LTG 57 (Bastien Mackels, Kevin Denis and Anthony Loiseau on Yamaha) will attempt to follow up after finishing second in Superstock at the Bol d'Or just as Team Endurance Moto 45 (Alexandre Lagrive and Julien Diguet on Suzuki), third at the Bol d'Or. It will also keep an eye on the Team X-One (Emiliano Bellucci, Gianluca Vizziello and Luca Bono on Yamaha) and on the MCS Racing Ipone (Janez Prosenik and Filip Backlund on Suzuki).
The first qualifying session will take place on Thursday November 11. The start of the race, played semi night, will be on Saturday November 13 at 1pm (GMT +3).