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Qatar circuit receives FIM homologation

Qatar circuit receives FIM homologation

Qatar circuit receives FIM homologation

After thirteen months of hard work the Losail International Circuit in Qatar is ready to play host to MotoGP after receiving official homologation from the FIM.

Located on the outskirts of the capital city of Doha, the circuit generated a total construction cost of 58 million USD and will host the thirteenth round of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, on the 2nd October.

In the presence of Mr. Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Atiyah, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation President (QMMF) and Chairman of the Losail International Circuit, Mr. Mohammed Al Marikhi, General Secretary (QMMF), and Dr. Tristan Evely, Chief Medical Officer of the Circuit, representatives of the FIM inspected the track on the 5th of August 2004.

FIM Track Inspector Mr. Claude Danis, MotoGP Race Director Mr. Paul Butler and FIM Medical Inspector Dr. Hans Kreutz were impressed by the facilities and equipment – as well as the new safety standards developed to meet the technological evolution of the bikes.

News of the homologation will come as no surprise to columnist Randy Mamola, who completed the first ever laps of the track aboard the two-seat Ducati Desmosedici last month.

"It is a track for the future," commented Mamola at the time. "The safety facilities are fantastic and the media centre and control tower are highly impressive - everything about the place is first class."


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