Qatar International Baja Gets Underway At Al-Bayt Stadium On Thursday Afternoon

Qatar International Baja Gets Underway At Al-Bayt Stadium On Thursday Afternoon
The Qatar International Baja will officially get underway at the impressive new Al-Bayt stadium in Al-Khor at 15.30hrs tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.
Rescheduled from its original April calendar slot because of the Covid-19 crisis, the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation’s flagship off-road event is now the fifth counting round of the 2021 FIM Bajas World Cup.
Subject to final technical checks, thirty-five motorcycles, five quads and six SSVs will tackle one short special stage and two desert off-road sections before the event finishes back at the Al-Bayt Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday is a hectic day for everyone connected with the new Baja at the traditional Losail Sports Arena headquarters and then at the Al-Bayt Stadium.
Competing machinery will pass the mandatory scrutineering checks at Losail in the morning before competitors are permitted to carry out a reconnaissance of the opening super special stage that is scheduled from 15.50hrs on Thursday afternoon.
Select entrants will attend the pre-event press conference (15.00hrs) at the Al-Bayt Stadium shortly before the official ceremonial start takes centre stage from 15.30hrs. It is then a short drive to the start of the super special stage at Semaisma.
The top seed is MX Ride Dubai’s Mohammed Al-Balooshi, who is hoping to extend his eight-point lead in the FIM Bajas World Cup’s 450cc motorcycle category. In addition to his closest series rival, Abdullah Abuaisheh, Al-Balooshi faces competition from a number of Qatar riders, including Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani and Mohammed Al-Kaabi.
Four Qatari drivers will be looking for outright success in the FIM’s new SSV category for lightweight all-terrain vehicles. Ahmed Al-Kuwari wheels out a Yamaha YXZ 1000R with his experienced MERC co-driver Nasser Al-Kuwari, while Khalid Al-Mohannadi teams up with professional French navigator Sebastien Delaunay in a Polaris.
Abdullah Al-Khelaifi puts his trust in a Yamaha alongside Abdulaziz Al-Jabri and Ahmad Al-Mohannadi rounds off the local strike force with Jordanian team-mate Feras Allouh in a Can-Am X3.
Qatar International Baja – leading starters (subject to technical checks)

  1. Mohammed Al-Balooshi (ARE) KTM 450 RR
  2. Abdullah Abuaisheh (JOR) KTM Rally
  3. Abdulhalim Al-Mogheera (SAU) KTM 450
  4. Paulo Oliviera (MOZ) Husqvarna CFR450 RX
  5. Salman Mohamed (BHR) Husqvarna 450 FE
  6. Mohammed Al-Muaikil (SAU) KTM EXC 450
  7. Sarah Khuraibet (KWT) Yamaha WR450
  8. Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani (QAT) Honda CRF 450 Rally R5
  9. Andrew Newland (GBR) KTM EXCF
  10. Mohammed Al-Kaabi (QAT) KTM 450


  1. Haitham Al-Tuwaijri (SAU) Yamaha YFZ 450R
  2. Faisal Al-Suwayh (SAU) Yamaha
  3. Hani Al-Noumesi (SAU) Yamaha Raptor 700
  4. Sultan Al-Masoud (SAU) Yamaha Raptor
  5. Abdulaziz Al-Atawi (SAU) Yamaha YFZ 450R


  1. Khalid Al-Mohannadi (QAT)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA) Polaris RZR 1000
  2. Ahmed Al-Kuwari (QAT)/Nasser Al-Kuwari (QAT) Yamaha YXZ 1000 R
  3. Ahmed Allouh (JOR)/Tamer Hjazin (JOR) Can-Am X3
  4. Ahmad Al-Mohannadi (QAT)/Feras Allouh (JOR) Can-Am X3
  5. Abdullah Al-Khelaifi (QAT)/Abdulaziz Al-Jabri (QAT) Yamaha YXZ 1000 R
  6. Henry Kahy (LEB)/Musa Djiyerian (JOR) Can-Am X3

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