DOUBLE HEADLINES NATIONAL RACE DAY THRILLS AT BIC
Having twice the reason to celebrate on the day were Masoud Behbehani and Abdul Samee. Behbehani won both races in the Bahrain Superbike Championship (BSBK) while Samee claimed the two sprints in the Bahrain Supersport Championship (BSSP) 125.
All the action at National Race Day took place along BIC’s 2.55-kilometre Inner Track.
In the BSBK, Behbehani was the pace setter from the onset, topping the timesheet in both practice and qualifying.
In race one, he completed the 11-lap event in 13m 05.452s. He was 6.757s ahead of runner-up Salman Khalaf, while Anthony Boira was a distant third 31.716s back. Behbehani clocked the fastest lap of 1m 10.505s.
In race two, Behbehani took the slimmest of victories in 13m 11.211s. He beat Khalaf to the finish by a mere 0.058s, while Boira was third 23.342s behind. Khalaf had the race’s fastest lap of 1m 10.774s.
In the BSSP 125, Samee was dominant from the start. He led the way in practice and qualifying, and then did the same in race one, winning the eight-lap sprint in 18m 05.549s. Yusuf Qaed and Subah Jassim took the other podium steps. Samee had the fastest lap of 1m 39.632s.
In race two, it was Samee and Qaed in the first two places, with Samee winning in 13m 27.503s and Qaed finishing just 3.345s behind. Shaun Gillespie was third in this race, 22.645s from the winner. Samee had the best lap of 1m 38.022s.
Following all the races, the winners were presented their respective trophies by officials from BIC, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Circuit Racing Club and the Bahrain Motorcycle Club.
Source: BahrainGP (BIC)