The QMMF Kawasaki ZX-10R mounted rider started the weekend 15 points behind title rival, Qatari Mashel Al Naimi, however with Al Naimi only taking DNF results in the two races, Cudlin now holds a commanding 21 point lead in the series with one round to go.
Cudlin started the weekend by qualifying third behind pole sitter Nasser Al Malki and Al Naimi, however he made race one his own by taking the lead early on and stretching his advantage to take the win by 5.4sec over QMMF teammate Prinz. Third went to Saeed Al Sulaiti (Kawasaki) with Al Naimi back in seventh.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Cudlin. Alex noticed front tyre issues immediately on the warm up lap, but was unable to pit for a new one.
He raced on it anyway, knowing it was a case of trying to stretch the points advantage as much as possible over Al Naimi without crashing.
He coasted home for a comfortable 2nd position behind Al Malki with Al Sulaiti rounding out the top three.
Alex Cudlin: “It’s strange how racing works! After round three, where I had the mechanical dramas and lost a stack of points, I didn’t think I’d be in this position a couple of months later. It’s a shame for Mashel as he’s ridden well all year and to lose points due to illness is not a good thing, but I’ll take the points where I can. I’ve been applying pressure on him since round 4 and have been slowly but surely chipping away at his lead. I have been trying to get back into series contention and this round at the weekend proved a pivotal point in that turn around. We’re looking good for another title but it isn’t over yet, there’s still one more round and 50 points up for grabs. I’ve been in this position before, so it’s important not to get too comfortable. We as a team, need to stay on our toes. It would certainly be nice to take title number 5, but we just need to keep on pushing until the end. I’m off to France now for more riding and testing for the upcoming Le Mans 24 hour, so I’ll be totally match fit by the time we come back to Qatar in 4 weeks time for the final”.
Alex Cudlin is a Kawasaki approved racing coach. Find out more about Alex's training school here: http://www.alexcudlin.com/contact/Riders.html
The final round of the 2014/15 Qatari Superbike Championship is at the Losail Circuit in Doha, Qatar, on 8-9 May.