Bushaiba, Al Baz team win Red Bull Bar Bahr’s ti­tle

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

A huge crowd gath­ered around the Ma­rina Cres­cent cheer­ing on the 16 Quad Bike and Jet Ski rid­ers who com­peted dur­ing the sec­ond sea­son of Red Bull Bar Bahr on Fri­day af­ter­noon. De­servedly, Me­shari Bushaiba and Mo­hammed Al Baz won the first place, scor­ing the fastest record and wrap­ping up the lon­gawaited Quad Bike and Jet Ski re­lay race.

Stun­ning shots taken from land, sea and sky cap­tured the breath­tak­ing mo­ments in the event that was or­ga­nized pro­fes­sion­ally in line with high safety mea­sures. Af­ter two hours of roaring mo­tors on sand and sea, the event was con­cluded with crown­ing the top three win­ning teams on the podium, award­ing the win­ning team two tro­phies in ad­di­tion to a Kawasaki 300 LX Jet Ski.

The event has yielded a large suc­cess un­der the or­ga­ni­za­tion of Basel Salem Al-Sabah Motorsport Club and the spon­sor­ship of Nis­san Al-Bab­tain, Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Youth and Sports, Kawasaki, Pirelli, GoPro, Ac­qua Eva, Ma­rina Mall, Al An­baa News­pa­per, Kuwait Times News­pa­per, and Stu­dentalk Mag­a­zine.

Water track. PRIZES AND MEDALS

Bader Al Qanna’i and Mo­ham­mad Al-Ali took the sec­ond place while Bader Al Khal­fan and Fa­had Al Mousal­lam won the third. As for prizes, gold, sil­ver and bronze medals awarded to the first 3 win­ning teams; the first team were handed tro­phies by Ah­mad Al Qal­laf, Trea­surer of Basel Salem Al-Sabah Club, the sec­ond team were awarded by Mo­ham­mad Bur­bayea, world Jet Ski cham­pion and Red Bull ath­lete who won the cham­pi­onship’s first sea­son in 2014. Mo­ham­mad Jaf­far, Red Bull ath­lete and mo­tocross cham­pion, was hon­ored to award the third team with medals.

As the sched­uled time for the start of the race inched closer, crowds of spec­ta­tors spread across Ma­rina Beach to wit­ness - with ex­treme ea­ger­ness - the flow of the race in which the 16 teams par­tic­i­pated.

Quad bik­ers and Jet Ski rid­ers kicked off the first round, each Quad biker was re­quired to fin­ish four laps then hand the key to his team­mate so he would fin­ish, in turn, four laps on his Jet Ski and come back fast. The win­ners were short­listed based on the time they spent in fin­ish­ing the laps.

Quad Bike laps in this round were both thrilling and dif­fi­cult. The great­est chal­lenge lied in the sec­ond to last curve that con­sti­tuted an ob­sta­cle to all par­tic­i­pants; it was al­most cer­tainly the hard­est part of the race given the dif­fi­culty of cross­ing it with high speed.

Some com­peti­tors failed to qual­ify to the sec­ond and so, the rac­ers built mo­men­tum and geared up for the sec­ond round to the sound of the rous­ing mu­sic and ap­plause. The com­pe­ti­tion kicked off and the whis­tle sig­naled the start of the race. Hav­ing ac­quired the know-how dur­ing the first round, the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams raced more wildly this time know­ing how the land bumps and water curves should be crossed best. As the time set for this round was over, 6 teams out of 12 qual­i­fied and made it worthily to the fi­nal de­ci­sive round in which the fastest team, on both land and water tracks, shall be granted the “Red Bull Bar Bahr” ti­tle.

THE FI­NAL ROUND

Dur­ing this round, the 6 re­main­ing teams were vy­ing for the last bat­tle on the shores of Ma­rina Beach at the end of a beau­ti­ful sunny day. In a tough com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the 6 teams, the su­per­vis­ing com­mit­tee, the cam­eras mon­i­tor­ing the race and the crowd es­ti­mat­ing the po­ten­tial win­ner, the bat­tle raged be­tween Boushaiba- Al Baz team ver­sus Al Qanna’i - Al Ali team. The Quad Bike race kicked off with a high drive to score the fastest tim­ing. Boushaiba and his team­mate won the first place, leav­ing the third place medal for Al Khal­fan and Al Mousal­lam.

When asked about his vic­tory in Red Bull Bar Bahr, Me­shari Boushaiba said: “I am happy to have won this ti­tle. I man­aged to meet the re­quired tim­ings in the mid­dle of an ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion against Fa­had Al Mousal­lam and Mo­ham­mad Al-Ali. I suc­ceeded, along with my team­mate Mo­ham­mad Al­baz, in clinch­ing the ti­tle and thus tak­ing the first place af­ter a tough com­pe­ti­tion in the third and fourth curves in land and water tracks alike”.

“I would like to thank Red Bull for this unique race as its dis­tinc­tive con­cept com­bines Jet Ski and Quad Bike dis­ci­plines to­gether. This high­lights the role played by Red Bull, Basel Salem AlSabah Motorsport Club and all the spon­sors who or­ga­nized the event. Also, for spread­ing the mo­tocross sport cul­ture in Kuwait amongst the youth, and urg­ing them to stay away from un­safe races and thus par­tic­i­pate in this thrilling and pro­fes­sion­ally or­ga­nized race,” Bushaiba added. In turn, Mo­ham­mad Al Baz who won the first place for the Jet Ski dis­ci­pline ex­tended his thanks to ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted in or­ga­niz­ing and ex­e­cut­ing the event.

“We had to fo­cus in the fourth round and we ad­vanced with a wide margin of time, which al­lowed us to win the first place in a rag­ing com­pe­ti­tion amongst the par­tic­i­pat­ing rac­ers who are highly com­pe­tent and had pre­vi­ously ac­quired ti­tles at their clubs, they also have won the cham­pi­onships they have par­tic­i­pated in thus far,” Al Baz added.

Turn­ing to cham­pion Mo­ham­mad Bur­bayea, mem­ber of the su­per­vis­ing com­mit­tee, he said: “We would like to con­grat­u­late both win­ners of the first place for demon­strat­ing good lead­er­ship skills which turned the race’s fi­nal mo­ments to their fa­vor.”

Mo­ham­mad Jaf­far, Red Bull ath­lete and mem­ber of the su­per­vis­ing com­mit­tee also praised the com­peti­tors’ good dis­ci­pline, say­ing that he was as­ton­ished by the level of thrill and chal­lenge through­out the race’s three stages, un­til the mo­ment when the name of the win­ning team of Red Bull Bar Bahr’s sec­ond sea­son was an­nounced.

As part of “Red Bull Bar Bahr” event, pro­fes­sional Red Bull ath­lete Brian Cap­per on his Trial Bike and Ab­dul Aziz Matar on his Jet Ski per­formed two elec­tri­fy­ing shows, ad­ding more flashes of ex­cite­ment to the spec­ta­tors and to the event as a whole.

THE RACE VIL­LAGE

Be­side the re­lay race, vis­i­tors and on­look­ers fol­low­ing up on the race were at­tracted by tents in the rac­ing vil­lage mostly dis­played by spon­sors like Kawasaki, GoPro, Ac­qua Eva, Chilli Beans, Artspace and Nis­san Al-Bab­tain. The lat­ter or­ga­nized a test drive com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing a chance to en­ter the draws for cash prizes.

The start point for Quad bik­ers.—Pho­tos by Joseph Sha­gra

The top three win­ners in Red Bull Bar Bahr.

Quad Bike race.

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