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UAE Sportbike Championship: Smart makes Moodley work hard for victory Arushen Moodley (Aprilia) made it six wins out of six this season in the UAE Sportbike Championship 1000 Class. However the South African Champion was made to work hard for his victories on race day three by British ace Scott Smart (Kawasaki). In Race 1 there was nothing to separate the two riders with as they jostled for top spot with Moodley taking the chequered flag by just over two seconds. In race 2 the duo were at it again swapping positions until Moodley took control late in the proceedings to notch up his two wins of the day. Best of the rest and really impressing in his debut season in the “big banger” 1000 Class was Hussein Al Kooheji (Yamaha) who also visited the podium twice, finishing third to the international duo in both races. The second race was a marred by two incidents, the first when Grant Yake (Suzuki) lost control slid off track and in the process took out fellow veteran Rod Scott (Yamaha). Neither rider was injured but the race was stopped and restarted when the track was cleared of the damaged motorcycles. The second incident occurred when Saudi rider Abdulaziz Binladen (Aprilia) lost control and highsided going into the Bowl area. He was hospitalized but released shortly afterwards without major injuries. Moodley said of his double win: “It is getting tougher and tougher to win out here with the competition getting stronger with each race. Scott Smart really gave me a hard fight in both races. In the end we had enough to take two wins. Aprilia have done a great job with providing a race winning motorcycle and their support has been amazing.” Swiss rider Pascal Grosjean (Yamaha) scored a double win in the 600 Class which he has dominated so far this year. However his rivals were breathing down his neck, with Jason Burnside (Mapei Team Honda) finishing second in Grosjean’s slipstream, with Jussi Hoikka (Yamaha) by his side as they crossed the line at the end of Race 1. The official timing showed that Burnside was, an incredibly close, five thousandth of a second ahead of Hoikka at the finish. In race 2 Hoikka pressured Grosjean but had to settle for second with Burnside a very close third. Grosjean said afterwards: “I am very happy for these two wins because I received some unfortunate news from home (Switzerland) and must say I was not really in a good frame of mind. But on the day we delivered and won both races despite the pressure from my rivals.” UAE National Race Day 3 was the final race of the year 2009. UAE national racing action returns to Dubai Autodrome for UAE National Race Day 4 on 29 January 2010.


Categories & Keywords
Subcategory:Motor Sports
Subcategory Detail:Motorcycle racing
Keywords:AL-KOOHEJI Jason, Al, Alsayed Hussein, Autodrome National, Aziz Rod, BLACKNEY Tony, BLERK Andrea, BOYTER Jussi, BURNSIDE Frank, BURNSIDE Mahmoud, CAPOCCIA Dubai, FUSILLO Hussain, Grosjean Abdul, HEIDGER Adriano, HOIKKA Steve, Hoikka Jason, JORDAN Daimen, Kooheji Arushen, Moodley Scott, Motiwala George Pascal, Nicholas Juzar, Omran, Race , Scott Jussi, Smart Rob, TANNIR Alan, VAN

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