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Tannir in title chase at UAE National Race
March 28, 2013
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DUBAI: The UAE National Race Day will take place at the Dubai Autodrome with races for Motorcity UAE Sportbikes, NGK Racing Series and Formula Gulf 1000 being held on Friday.

The title battle in the Motorcity UAE Sportsbike Championship will witness reigning champion Mahmoud Tannir chasing series leader Surya Raja, only 14 points separate the duo at the top of the 600 Class score sheets.

Yamaha rider Raja has emerged as a force on the local scene, having won the Rookie Cup last season, he has stepped up to the premier class with the clear intent of challenging for the championship. He has won races on four occasions, including last time out and will be aiming for top spot on the podium this Friday.

Tannir, who comfortably won the championship last year, has had a string of misfortunes this season on his Duseja Motos Triumph, of which a couple of non-scoring results have not helped his title ambitions.

The Dubai based Lebanese rider has nevertheless notched up three wins in the ten rounds to date and is determined to make up the deficit. He can be expected to push hard to retain his title in the four races that remain two of which take place this weekend.

Triumph mounted Rob Nicholas is another rider who has shown flashes of brilliance, winning twice so far this season and has a mathematical chance of snatching the title, although the 43 points gap to the top of the table is starting to appear increasingly unattainable.

Dubai based Irishman Joe Oxley, on his Ducati, has tasted victory once this season and is capable of mixing it among the title contenders and surprising them in the process. Watch out for him this time out.

Oxley’s team-mate Omar Naji has been an example of consistency on his Kawasaki, scoring in every round thus far, and has been eyeing the top step of the podium which he will no doubt be fighting for on race day to secure what would be a maiden win in the series.

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