Mahmoud Tannir will be revved up to extend his winning streak when the Motorcity UAE Sportbike riders return to action this weekend.
The Vendetta Racing Triumph Daytona 675R racer leads the 600 Class championship table with a 21-point advantage over his closest rival going into Rounds 9 and 10 at the NGK UAE National Race Day at Dubai Autodrome.
Tannir has racked up six wins so far this season and is unbeaten in the past five as the championship heads for the final six races.
While Tannir was reluctant to talk up his title chances he said: "That would be a great achievement, even after four long seasons of racing, but when I see how much I have improved, it makes me very proud of my progress. Also it means a lot to me to win in a sport that no other Lebanese has managed to compete in … well, as far as I know."
The man most likely to spoil the party is Tannir's Vendetta Racing teammate, Alan Boyter, who has won twice this season and is on 95 points.
Also in the hunt, with 92 points, is Steve Blackney (Honda) who will be targeting his first UAE national win in the remaining races.
In the Rookie Cup, a previously dominant Chris Morley (Kawasaki) met his match in Surya Raja (Yamaha) who scored a pair of victories in the last two rounds and he will be keen for a repeat of the feat.
Morley leads the standings with 115 points, with Raja a mere 11 points adrift with 90 points up for grabs in the final six rounds.
Motorcity UAE Sportbikes action starts with qualifying at 10.30am on Friday, with the first race at 3.05pm and race two at 4.55pm.
Also on the bill are races for the NGK UAE GT Championship, UAE Radical Cup and Suzuki Swift Cup. Entry is free.