Dania Akeel to become the first Saudi female rider holding FIA license


JEDDAH — Saudi Dania Akeel is set to become the first Saudi female to receive her Speed Bikes Competition license after applying through the Saudi Arabian Motorsport Federation (SAMF).

General Sports Authority (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motorsports Federation have been supporting Saudi athletes through special programs held to attract and expose Saudi youth skills, while helping to develop their experiences in various sports.

Akeel, after receiving her competition license, announced that the UAE National SportsBike Super Series will be her first competition, taking place in Dubai Autodrome, riding a Ducati 899.

“I am very grateful to God for the opportunities that have transpired for me to be able to race in the upcoming UAE National Sportbike Super Series organized by Furiosa Racing,” Akeel said.

She added, “I would like to thank the Saudi Arabian Motorsports Federation for facilitating this by providing me with the utmost support in obtaining the license; their methodology has been extremely efficient and helpful.

“I would also like to thank EMSO (Emirates Motorsport Organization) and Furiosa Racing for their support and effort in guiding me through this process.”

The UAE National SportsBike Super Series grid will witness the competition between more than 15 racers, for five consecutive rounds in Dubai Autodrome.

Akeel has been practicing with professional racers including national champions to sharpen her skills, using Apex, breaking marker, lean angle and different training techniques, putting her in good shape to compete. — SG