Hussain Al Kooheji was crowned as the first-ever champion of the BMR 600 motorbike series on Friday at a floodlit Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir after an impressive double in the season’s sixth and final round.
After qualifying in second, Al Kooheji managed to gain the lead early in the evening’s first 11-lap sprint. He masterfully staved off a hard challenge from top title rival Faisal Ali, taking the chequered flag in a total race time of 11mins 22.894secs – which was a mere 0.261secs ahead of Ali.
Finishing thid was Saleh Alkandari 1.063secs behind. Chris Rabie (+22.787secs) was fourth and Tim Attwood (+23.846secs) fifth. Harry Johnston (+24.402secs) rounded out the top six while of the 10-rider field.
Race two was another tight battle between Al Kooheji and Ali, with the victor securing his double 0.272secs ahead of his opponent. Alkandari was again third 3.913secs behind.
Fourth through sixth, respectively, were Rabie (+15.591secs), Attwood (+18.341secs) and Frank Mobitz (22.360secs).
A word from the winner
“I am very happy to have won this series. This is my first time winning in Bahrain and it’s really fantastic!”
Following his victory, the veteran Bahraini rider surprised his peers by announcing his retirement from competitive racing.
“I am announcing my retirement. This is my final championship. I participated in this series because it is in my home country. This was a first in Bahrain and I wanted to be a part of it.
“Now, as for racing, this is it. I am happy with my five titles, four of them being from championships in the UAE, and this is the last one.” - Hussain Al Kooheji