Australian Alex Cudlin has become our latest motorcycling world champion, wrapping up the Superstock category of the 2010 Qtel FIM World Endurance Championship in Qatar this morning.
Cudlin’s Suzuki Qatar Endurance Racing Team took the title with the Superstock victory in Qatar, claiming eighth place outright for the round.
The Qatar team won the title with Cudlin, Anthony Delhalle and Mashel Al Naimi.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team wrapped up the outright championship, winning the 8 Hours of Doha at the Losail Circuit to clinch the crown.
Vincent Philippe, Sylvain Guintoli and Kenny Foray were twice victorious, winning the 8 Hours of Doha, the last race of the season and wrapped up the team’s WEC title.
SERT won with a four-lap lead over the Yamaha Austria Racing Team, with Australian Steve Martin, Igor Jerman and Gwen Giabbani did their best during the 8 hours race to follow the pace of the leaders and ended up on the podium a rather mellow season.
World champion in 2009, YART finished the 2010 season in third position.
There was a tight battle developing towards the very end of the race for the third place.
The Honda RMT 21 Racing Germany with Viktor Kispataki, Didier Van Keymeulen and Arie Vos took the best from Kawasaki Bolliger Switzerland with Horst Saiger, Patric Muff and Roman Stamm.
The private Swiss team came to Doha with the championship lead, but the nine points advantage over SERT was not enough to preserve the title hopes.
However, Bolliger Team Switzerland scored a well-deserved second place at the 2010 Qtel FIM Endurance World Championship.
The Suzuki AM Moto Racing Competition finished in fifth place, this result almost feeling like a victory for this private French team who dedicated the great result to Raphaël Chèvre, one of their rider, still recovering from serious injuries at the latest Bol d’Or.
For the team BMW BMP Elf 99, this race ended in another disappointment.
Sébastien Gimbert, Erwan Nigon and Damian Cudlin have been battling against SERT all race long, however a crash towards the end deprived them from a promised podium.
BMP Elf 99 finished in sixth place, ahead of the Suzuki RAC 41 City Bike, delayed after having repaired a puncture.
FIM Endurance World Championship
Round Five – Doha, Qatar
1. SERT (Suzuki) 231 laps
2. YART (Yamaha) 227
3. RMT 21 Racing Team (Honda) 226
4. Bolliger Switzerland (Kawasaki) 225
5. AM Moto Racing Competition (Suzuki) 224
6. BMP Elf 99 Racing Team (BMW) 224
7. RAC 41 City Bike (Suzuki) 223
8. QERT (Suzuki) 223
9. Team Motors Events (Suzuki) 223
10. RT Motovirus Racing (Suzuki) 219
Final 2010 Championship Standings:
1. SERT 95
2. Bolliger Team Switzerland 90
3. YART 60
4. RAC 41 – City Bike 51
5. RT Moto Virus Racing 51
6. Motobox Kremer Shell Advance 39
7. YMES Folch Endurance 38
8. GSR Kawasaki 35
9. Yamaha France GMT 94 ipone 35
10. BMP Elf 99 Racing Team 34