Qatari biker Mishal Alneaimi is on a roll.He won both races in the second round of the 2016 Bahrain Superbike Championship (BSBK) to stretch his unbeaten run so far in the newly launched series.
The BSBK was held as part of National Race Day at Bahrain International Circuit.
All riders were competing on identical Ducati 899 Panigale sport bikes, but it was Alneaimi who was in a class of his own from start to finish.
The Qatari ace supported by Ooredoo Racing had topped the practice timesheet and then followed it up by claiming pole position for race one. Alneaimi went on to win with a massive gap of 30.311 seconds ahead of his closest rival Fahad Alsuwaidi, while Ali Alshammari finished third 32.184s back to form an all-Qatari podium.
Wesley Pearce (+38.122s) was classified fourth and Ibrahim Al Sharidah (+40.066s) fifth. Rayad Alemadi (+59.361s), Ian Charles (+1:04.701) and Mohamad Al Obaidly (1:05.692) rounded out the top eight of the 15 riders who started the race.
“I am very happy for this round. I felt that I improved a lot from the first time we raced here and I am pleased to win now four times in a row.” – Alneaimi
Alnaeimi maintained his high level or race two, winning despite starting from the middle of the grid. He completed the 11-lap sprint 12.405s ahead of Alsuwaidi. Pearce claimed the final podium spot 17.852s from first place. Ali Adiby (+18.017s) was fourth, Suriya Raja (+23.166s) finished fifth, and Ai Al Shammari (+23.304s) came in sixth. Al Sharidah (+30.071s) and Rayad Alemadi (+40.267s) completed the top eight.
Alneaimi registered the fastest lap in both of Friday’s Superbike races. In race one, he had a blistering pace and set a quickest time of 1:08.576 around BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track, which is also the best mark of the year to date. His best of race two was 1:09.153.
“It was a good two races tonight. I broke my lap record and each time we go out there I feel I can keep getting faster and faster.
“I’m also very happy to see the competition getting tighter. All the riders are coming close and fighting to be on the podium, which is very good for this championship.” – Alneaimi
Round three of the BSBK is scheduled to take place on March 4 and 5.