It was a rather hot Friday evening in Qatar, with temperatures hovering around 32 degree Celsius until well after sunset, during which Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari took on the first of the weekend’s three SBK races at the Losail Circuit.

In the Superpole session that preceded Race1, Leon qualified in thirteenth place with Kiyonari in eighteenth position.

A less than brilliant start when the lights went out at 8:00 pm saw Leon drop back to seventeenth position. Not losing heart, the Brit gradually improved both his pace and position, passing several riders while others made mistakes, and ultimately crossing the finish line in tenth place.

Ryuichi Kiyonari also progressed after having made a slow start and finished inside the point-zone in fourteenth position.

Tomorrow’s warm up will commence at 2.00 pm local time, followed by the Superpole Race at 4.00 pm and Race2 at 8.00 pm.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

We have made good progress with the chassis over the weekend and have also figured a few things out with the setup, so that’s where we are at the moment. Today’s result was not bad in the end but of course a few people dropped out so we were also a little bit lucky for sure. I didn’t make such a good start as I ran very wide early on, through turn one or one of the first corners, and lost a lot of places which was a pity as I had got off the line well. Anyway, I did as much as I could, managing to get into the mix and pass a few people.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

The first part of the race was quite slow for me as I didn’t have perfect feeling with the front, and the track felt bit greasy maybe due to some moisture on the track. Rear grip was not bad though, so step by step I could improve and pass Delbianco and Schmitter. I tried to be consistent, but I realised that I was making little mistakes here and there, so tomorrow I’ll try to do better in that respect and also be faster in the first half of race.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Qatar Round

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2019, Round 13

Night / 31
Friday 25 Oct 2019, 17:51 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 33'34.518
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +2.732
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +5.423
4 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +8.043
5 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +17.720
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +17.738
7 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +18.176
8 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +20.479
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +24.500
10 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +29.320
11 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +33.166
12 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +34.673
13 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +42.661
14 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +50.020
15 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +54.485
16 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha +1'08.582
Night / 31
Thursday 24 Oct 2019, 20:07 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1'57.449
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.273
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.318
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.579
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.708
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.806
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.854
8 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.010
9 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.054
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +1.117
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +1.243
12 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.320
13 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.476
14 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.533
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.583
16 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1.638
17 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +1.670
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +2.716
19 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +3.010
20 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha +4.626