Dubai Baja 2023: Great performance from Emirati competitors in stage 2 Al-Futtaim Toyota

• Local hero Al Balooshi Wins Motos Leg 1
• Al Attiyah Leads Young Challenger Quintero in Cars
• Ahli on top for UAE in Quads

After the Friday evening prologue appetizer, the Dubai International Baja resumed on Saturday as the star-studded lineup headed to the desert for the first of two days of demanding dune rallying.
The Al Futtaim Leg 1 of the Dubai International Baja covered a total of 337km, with 166km of a very technical Special Stage to challenge the crews.
The motorcycles were first in action with Mohammed Al Balooshi giving the home fans plenty to cheer about as he blasted through the day to win the stage and take the overall lead into day three while among the cars Nasser Al-Attiya fended off the challenge of up-and-coming star Seth Quintero.
Mohammed Al Balooshi rode his Yamaha YZF450 to a 1m50.4s advantage over Kuwaiti Abdullah Alshatti with Sultan Balooshi making it two local riders in the top three with third fastest time.
Making it a great day for UAE riders, Abdul Aziz Ahli won Leg 1 among the Quads, more than 11 minutes ahead of series leader Kevin Giroud with Haitham Altuwaijiri - locked on points with Giroud starting the event - more than 13 minutes behind his title rival in third.
The car battle has gone to form so far with 18-times Middle East Rally Champion Nasser Al-Attiya finishing the day 58.8 seconds ahead of his replacement in the Toyota Overdrive team, Seth Quintero.
Third, some five and half minutes in arrears, was Quintero’s team mate, 2021 Dubai International Baja winner Yazeed Al Rajhi.

Source: Dubai International Baja / EMSO