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Night riders ready for action in Qatar

Night riders ready for action in Qatar

A group of MotoGP riders will today test out the night riding facilities at Losail, in preparation for the 2008 season curtain-raising Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on March 9th.

A group of MotoGP riders will today test out the night riding facilities at Losail, in preparation for the 2008 season curtain-raising Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on March 9th.

All manufacturers on the MotoGP grid have sent one representative to Qatar for the test: Loris Capirossi representing Suzuki, Marco Melandri for Ducati, Alex de Angelis for Honda, Anthony West for Kawasaki and World Championship newcomer James Toseland for Yamaha.

Five-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi had been scheduled to take part, but a hand injury suffered at the final round of the 2007 season has ruled him out of proceedings.

The test will begin at 7.30pm local time (GMT +3) and will last for approximately 30 minutes. Three main trials will be carried out, with riders experiencing normal conditions, a simulation of a wet race with the track sprayed down with water, and a test for the unlikely event of a power cut. All riders will be onboard road bikes for the duration of the test.

The first four corners of the Losail International Circuit will be illuminated by the ambitious Musco lighting project, believed to be the biggest operation of its kind for a sporting event. The remaining turns will be lit up by floodlights already in place at the Qatari track.

Race Direction's Claude Danis, Paul Butler and Javier Alonso, alongside Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, will be present at Losail. The landmark event for MotoGP was announced back in September at the Misano round of the World Championship, although the possibility of a night race was first investigated in Qatar back at the beginning of 2006.

On-track footage and rider reactions from the test will be available later on motogp.com.

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MotoGP, 2007

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