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Qatar offers second instalment of MotoGP action

Qatar offers second instalment of MotoGP action

Qatar offers second instalment of MotoGP action

After a first race full of excitement, the second Grand Prix of the season for MotoGP's premier class is eagerly anticipated by all involved, with the whole field out to prove their 2006 form. The Losail Circuit in Qatar will be the scene for the 19 MotoGP riders' second chance to line up alongside one another.

Whilst many will be trying to improve upon their Jerez performances, Loris Capirossi is simply looking for continuity, having qualified on pole at the Andalusian track and taking home the race victory. With his Ducati team leading the constructors championship for the first time in their history, a repeat from Capirossi in Qatar would delight both rider and team.

Saturday's race also has the theme of redemption for a number of riders. Valentino Rossi and Sete Gibernau, both heavily favoured in Spain, crashed on the first corner and suffered electronic problems respectively, leaving them out of the points in a class where any number of riders can take advantage of non-finishes. Marco Melandri will also be aiming for a podium finish, claiming to be disappointed by his showing in race one.

Spectators will be keeping a watchful eye on the new generation of Honda riders, so impressive just over a week ago. Dani Pedrosa's stunning ride and the performances of Toni Elias and Casey Stoner brought a different flavour to the top six, whilst the slightly more experienced Nicky Hayden continued to show his class.

With a great preseason test in Qatar, and a race against the clock to cure the vibration problems on the M1, Camel Yamaha could perhaps see the fruits of their labour in Saturday's race. Rizla Suzuki and Kawasaki Racing are two other teams to have ridden the track already this year, hoping that the data from February will aid their preparation.


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