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Al Sulaiti hoping for a ‘good race’ in front of home crowd

The Qatari rider is optimistic that a few changes to his Yamaha R6 could ensure a good outing for the QMMF Racing Team.
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Qatar’s Saeed Al Sulaiti gears up during free practice ahead of the Supersport races at the Losail International Circuit. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

There is one advantage for Qatar’s Saeed Al Sulaiti going into the World Supersport race at 6.15 pm on Saturday.

“I know the track very well as I’ve been on it so many times,” said the 34-year-old Qatari rider who was given a wild card for the season-ending races in his own backyard.

But will that be enough for the country’s lone entrant this year to leave his mark on the Losail International Circuit?

Al Sulaiti, who will be competing for the QMMF Racing Team, felt a few changes in the bike could also be of help.

“If we manage to set up the bike properly, we’ll have a good race. We’ve to make a few improvements and we’ll work on that,” said the Qatari rider after the first 45-minute free practice on Thursday afternoon.

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Qatar’s Saeed Al Sulaiti will be hoping that he can provide moments of cheer for Qatar’s fans at the Losail International Circuit. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Al Sulaiti was out on the circuit on a Yamaha YZF R6, his first time on the bike, but felt satisfied with his ride.

“I felt good with the bike and we stayed in the top 10 in the first 20 minutes of the session. Then we tried to work on the setup and make a few changes. Towards the end of the session, I improved my lap time,” he said.

Al Sulaiti rode for Kawasaki in the 2016 Superbike season and his best finish in the 24 races he took part in that season was 15 in the second race at USA’s Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Since then he has not competed in a full season, riding just two races in 2017 — one each in Moto 2 and Supersport.

While Al Sulaiti’s mere presence on the starting grid is sure to bring cheer to the Qatari fans on Saturday, a good finish will most certainly be the icing on the cake.