Moto 19 at Tour of Qatar, part two

From Moto 19, Luke Evans, the driver of CW photographer Graham Watson’s motorbike at the 10th Tour of Qatar.

Al Wakra is on the coast about 15km south of Doha city. Its traditional fishing boats lined up at the waterfront start of stage three were a welcome reminder that not every Qatari wants to burn black lines in their purple Lamborghini.

The fisherman were laying nets out and drying baskets as we tucked into the pre race barbeque of fat shrimps, crabs and the local white fish, charcoaled and chewy, yum.

It was windy again today and the boys went nuts as soon as we turned our backs to the wind. The needle on the Ducati sat on 60kph for km after km as the race split into echelons, with every rider visibly at full throttle and all senses on high alert as the echelon whiplashed across from one side of the highway to the other.

Poor Dan Lloyd, who was still a bit scabby from a crash a couple of days ago hit the dirt again and this time he looked he had been dealt fifty lashes with the cat o’ nine tails. That was cruel to see, and he looked utterly dejected.

But it was great to see the Brits at the sharp end of one of the toughest forms of bike racing – high speed echelon riding.

Andrew Fenn is in his first big pro race, riding in the green colours of Sean Kelly’s An Post team. He made the only breakaway of the day (Russ Downing too) and looked superb. A classy looking rider and a proud man of Kent too.

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