Whereas the FIM Cross-Nation sequence featured the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia and extra rounds in Abu Dhabi, Morocco and Spain this yr, the 2022 FIM Bajas World Cup is being fought out over eight shorter three-day Bajas.
This season’s calendar began within the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and moved on to Qatar, Portugal, Spain, Hungary and Portugal once more, earlier than returning to the Center East for this weekend’s seventh spherical in Hail and the season’s finale in Dubai in the beginning of December. Two proposed late summer season occasions in Chile had been cancelled.
This yr’s FIM Bajas World Cup is subsequently being contested over seven occasions with a coefficient of 1 and the finale in Dubai, which is able to supply a scoring coefficient of two.
The ultimate in Dubai is open to all rivals, however so as to have an opportunity of being ranked within the FIM Bajas World Cup classification, rivals will need to have completed one of many earlier occasions and scored factors on it. The ultimate classification can be decided on the premise of the most effective two ends in the sequence, along with the factors awarded in Dubai.
That is legitimate throughout the motorbike, quad and SSV classes and within the Junior, Girls’s and Veteran lessons.
Bikes as much as 450cc (single or twin cylinder, 2T or 4T) are eligible within the FIM Bajas World Cup, along with quads and SSVs. Riders of bikes over 450cc are in a position to compete however, as per the 2022 rules, aren’t permitted to attain factors for the Cup.
Due to this fact, this weekend’s Saudi Baja offers motorbike and quad riders with the final alternative to attain FIA Baja World Cup factors and qualify for the Dubai closing.
Hail was the host metropolis for Saudi Arabia’s first ever worldwide motor sport occasion in 2007. The Hail Worldwide Rally joined the FIA calendar as a candidate occasion that yr after operating as a smaller club-status occasion in 2006.
Hail has been an integral a part of the FIA calendar ever since and officers permitted bikes and quads to participate for the primary time in 2013. On that event, the Emirati duo of Khalid Al-Falaisi (Honda) and Atif Al-Zarouni (Honda) gained the nationwide motorbike and quad classes for the primary time.
Tomorrow (Wednesday), riders and drivers will move their administration and scrutineering checks in Hail earlier than the official pre-event press convention takes centre stage from 19.00hrs.