News 8 Jun 2010

RR: Alex Cudlin wins final round of Qatar series at Losail

Alex Cudlin has again showed his fantastic 2010 form by claiming another double podium at the latest Qatar International Road Racing Championship, riding for team QERT Suzuki.

Cudlin entered the final round of the Qatar series placed second in the title challenge, 38 points behind leader and teammate Frenchman Anthony Delhalle.

In order for Cudlin to win the title, he would need his teammate to score two non-finishes in the races, with just 50 points up for grabs.

Cudlin started the weekend in good fashion, storming to pole position for both races and getting the upper hand in the mental stakes leading into the two 15-lap races.

Delhalle won the opening race from Cudlin after a mega battle that was cut short when the Aussie’s handlebar grip come off, forcing him off the track before he rejoined to maintain second.

With Delhalle winning the title thanks to his opening race win, Cudlin bounced back to win the second race with a move into Turn One on the opening lap, making it stick for the remainder of the lap for the final win of the season – victorious by just 0.025.

“What a weekend. It started well when I claimed pole but I knew the races would be a tough battle with my teammate,” Cudlin commented. “In race one we were having a great race but unfortunately, with the grip coming off, I didnt get the win. I was lucky to have saved it from crashing and still get a podium.

“In race two, with the championship over, I wanted to win really badly. We both pushed hard and it was the fastest 15 laps the Qatar championship has ever seen. I was really happy to get the win and win the final race of the year. It showed that next year if I don’t miss three races I can challenge for the number one plate. To walk away with pole, a win, a second and lap record, I’m pretty proud!”

With the 2009/2010 Qatar International Road Racing Championship coming to an end, Cudlin will now turn his attentions to winning the next round of the Superstock Endurance World Championship at the famous Bol d’Or 24-hour in France in September, where he and Team QERT currently lead the standings.