Motorcycle scramble racing is becoming more and more popular in the Gulf State of Bahrain, the Only Middle East country where the sport is held.
MVs Riders and mechanics preparing bikes (3 shots)
MV Rider puts on helmet
MVs Riders preparing for start (3 shots)
MV PAN riders at start, an underway (2 shots)
MV Spectators, and riders through dust bowl (2 shots)
GV Bikes down straight
MV Bikes over jump with spectators (3 shots)
MVs Bikes out of hole, round bend and away (2 shots)
MV Small child watches rider through hairpin
MVs Riders over bumps (2 shots)
MV Crowd as riders over bumps (2 shots)
MV Riders through hole and past chequered flag with spectators (3 shots)
MV winner (No. 25) takes off helmet and is presented with cup (3 shots)
Initials BB/1925 MU/DK/BB/1940
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE SCRAMBLING
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Background: Motorcycle scramble racing is becoming more and more popular in the Gulf State of Bahrain, the Only Middle East country where the sport is held.
The only organised club in the country is the Bahrain Sandblasters Club, which races every Friday during the season.
About half the competitors in the club, which has been going three years, are Bahrainis; the other half are Americans, Britons, Scots and Dutch working in the country.
The club has a track marked out in the desert near the capital, Manama.
Riders buy their own special scramble motorcycles, and pay up to ???180 for their riding gear.
The sport is unknown everywhere else in the Middle East.
The race shown in the film was run on Friday (12 March) and was won by a Scot, Tom Davis. Runner up was Karim Mansour, half Bahraini and half Swiss.
SYNOPSIS: Tension is high in the pits at the start of this motorcycle scramble race near the Bahrain capital of Mamama on Friday.
These riders are members of the Sandblasters Motorcycle club, the only motorcycle scramble club in the Middle East.
They're off in the feature race of the day. The club races every Friday at it's track in the desert. Each rider has his own special scramble motorcycle, and pays up to ???180 for has riding gear.
Half the competitors are Bahrainis, and the other half are Americans, Britons, Scots and Dutch working in the oil-rich state. Scrambling is really catching on as a spectator sport in Bahrain, and the Bahrainis have it to themselves, as it is unknown elsewhere in the Middle East.
The course has all the dips, jumps and hairpins of scramble tracks in other parts of the world. The winner of this race was a Scot, tom Davis, and runner-up was Karim Mensour, half Bahraini, half Swiss. Tom was given a winner';s trophy by club official Bob Button.