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Round #2 Coming Right Up!

After a very successful first round to the 2015 – 2016 Emirates Desert Championship season we are back with Round #2. Hosted at one of the popular venues Margham from last season we are set for another round of action.

The competition for first place in the 450 class will heat up this round with the return of Mohammed Al Balooshi returning from Rally Du Maroc where he cemented an excellent 6th place in the world championship.

Yet again we have broken another record with 14 quads entered including 2x desert challenge quad winner Mohammed Abu Issa from Qatar and multiple British & European Quad Cross winner Paul Holmes as well other guest riders from Saudi and Kuwait.

To access the location and other details for round #2 Click Here or navigate on the menu to round 2 under the events section.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Round #2 Entries Open!

With only a 10 days left until round #2 the championship we are getting excited to provide some more great desert racing for cars, bikes and buggies!

The event is scheduled to take place on Friday 23rd October. Entries are open and being accepted from today. Please ensure that the information on your entry form is correct, especially licence numbers and classes. Entries will close at 09:00 on Wednesday 21st October. That date and time is fixed and I will not accept any submissions after this point. 

Thank you and look forward to seeing you all at Round 2!

Excellent start to Baja season for Emirati Competitors

Al Fahim and Al Shamsi out to reclaim titles this season.

Dubai, UAE, 11 October, 2015: The opening round of the 2015-16 Emirates Desert Championship, the national baja series for cars, buggies, motorcycles and quads, kicked off with an excellent entry of 108 vehicles racing across all classes.

Despite soaring autumn temperatures and challenging terrain, Khalid Al Jafla outlined his title ambitions with a maiden victory in the AUTO category, with Ali Matar Al Ketbi in second on his event debut and Michel Fadel in third place.

In the BUGGY category, split this year from the AUTO category, Ahmed Al Fahim showed his intent to regain the title he lost to his teammate Ahmad Al Maqoodi last season by dominating the race from start to finish. Al Maqoodi was not racing this round due to other commitments but will be hoping to race at Round 2 in a fortnight’s time. Al Fahim was followed by the British pair of Nick Massey and Tom Jackson in second and third respectively.

Like Al Fahim, Mohammed Al Shamsi was another competitor desperate to regain a title they won in the opening season in 2013-14, and he took advantage of his main title rival Humaid Al Mashgouni being absent due to injury to record maximum points in the QUAD class.

South African Ross Runnalls entertained the spectators on the day with fast laps and huge jumps through the dunes as he won the opening MOTO race of the season. Kuwaiti Mohammed Jaffar was second and 2013-14 Champion Sean Gaugain was third. While he will be eager to repeat this success in two weeks’ time, Runnalls is likely to face a much greater challenge with the return of last season’s runner up Mohammed Al Balooshi and Sam Sunderland, who missed this event due to competing in the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship event in Morocco. Sunderland won the Rally Du Maroc in spectacular fashion to record his opening victory in a World Championship event.

“It was a great start to the season and it is very rewarding for us as the organisers to see how much the competitors had been eagerly awaiting the start of the season”, said ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. “We had 105 vehicles start the race which was an improvement from the opening round of last season, and would have been even higher had a few competitors not withdrawn before the event due to injuries”.

“In terms of grassroots motorsport, these bajas are perfect as they are low cost for the competitors and make free use of the UAE’s greatest asset; our beautiful desert. This season is already on course to be the best yet.

Competitors will not have to wait too long for Round 2 of the series which is set to take place on Friday 23rd October 2015, at a yet to be disclosed location. With many competitors confirmed to return to the series, that event may see record numbers entered to take part.

The Emirates Desert Championship is organized by the Emirates Motor Sport federation (EMSF) with the support of the Automobile & Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE).

Emirates Desert Championship Rd 1 Results

AUTO Category

1          Khalid Al Jafla                         UAE     Polaris

2          Ali Matar Al Ketbi                   UAE     Nissan

3          Michel Fadel                           LBN      Polaris

BUGGY Category

1          Ahmed Al Fahim                     UAE     Polaris

2          Nick Massey                            UK        Polaris

3          Tom Jackson                            UK        Can Am

MOTO Category

1          Ross Runnalls                          RSA      Kawasaki

2          Mohammed Jaffar                  KUW    KTM

3          Sean Gaugain                          RSA      Husqvarna

QUAD Class

1          Mohammed Al Shamsi           UAE     Kawasaki

2          Mohammad Al Khulaifi           KUW    Yamaha

3          Mansoor Al Suwaidi                UAE     Yamaha

Round #1 Location Details Released!

After a much anticipated build up to the start of the Emirates Desert Championship the event upon us with only 2 days left till Round #1.

The event details are now released to the public with the location stated as Al Lisaili, where round 3 and 6 of the 2014 – 2015 championship were located.

Competitors will need to arrive at the venue for sign on to take place from 5:30am on Friday.

Map and all details can be found via this link

MTM Powersports Signs Dakar Rally Veteran

MTM Powersports Signs Dakar Rally Veteran, Sebastian Husseini for Emirates Desert Championship

Dubai— MTM Powersports, UAE dealer for Can-Am, have recently signed Sebastian Husseini of SebSports to run the Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo at the 2015/2016 Emirates Desert Championship starting this October 9, 2015.

The Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo is the highest quality side-by-side vehicles in the market today. With its 131 HP turbocharged V-Twin Rotax engine, Dakar Rally veteran Sebastian Husseini will have a very good chance in putting MTM Powersports at the top of the podium this season. Together with SebSports, a Dubai based off-road tuning shop which specializes in high-performance ATV and SSV builds, MTM Powersports expects good results with Sebastian behind the wheel.

Sebastian has spent his whole life in Dubai and is one of the most passionate desert racers in the UAE.He has been racing quad bikes since 2001 and has consistently won numerous motocross and desert racing championships over the past decade. He takes the sport very seriously, showing an almost religious commitment to his training schedule. Having raced all across the world and having won the 2007 FIM World Championship of Cross Country Rallies, he has proven that he has what it takes to win races at the top level. Sebastian is the spokesperson and motivating force behind the team, always challenging his limits, those of his teammates and most importantly those of his competitors.

“I’ve worked with MTM Powersports on many activities and projects over the years. And I believe that the Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo is the best vehicle for this racing series. With just minimal modifications, mostly to comply with safety regulations, the Maverick should be extremely competitive. It’s fast, stable and handles well and it’s extremely reliable. With the SebSports / MTM Powersports Team behind me, I am very hopeful for good results.”— Sebastian Husseini

“Seb (Sebastian Husseini) has worked with us for quite a while now. He’s extremely professional and has a good head on his shoulders. His skills out in the desert is unquestionable and we believe that he is the right person to showcase the Can-Am Maverick X ds 1000R Turbo.” — Mark Montecillo, Marketing Manager- MTM Powersports