The final race of this year’s WorldSBK Championship in Qatar was cancelled because of concerns about the safety of the 5.380m circuit.
The earlier part of the day saw the desert circuit blighted by sandstorms followed by heavy rain, which left many areas of the track and service roads flooded. Although the rain stopped, there was a lot of surface water, which began to clear once the temperatures rose and the wind started to pick up.
The WorldSSP race had taken took place earlier, with a reduced race distance, but it was clear that the track was not in a good condition, so the race director decided that the track was not safe enough for the WorldSBK race to take place.
Tati Mercado (ARG-Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
“Well, that was a bit disappointing because I was really looking forward to the race. But, in racing, one thing you cannot control is the weather. I think that the track was not in a good enough condition to race and the right decision was made.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“It is a shame that we were not able to race today - especially as it was the last race of the year. I prefer to think about the year we have had. This has been our rookie season in WorldSBK and I am very happy with what we have achieved in such a competitive race series. We knew that it was going to be tough – and it was! We have learned so much this year. We have grown as a team and this will stand us in good stead for next year. I think we can all be pleased with the hard work we have done and can now look forward to next year.”