Qatar to host MotoGP until 2016

Friday, 7 March 2008

In a busy press conference on the opening day of the new MotoGP season Dorna CEO Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta and QMMF President Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah jointly announced the extension of the contract between the two parties which will see Grand Prix racing at Losail International circuit until at least 2016.

In a busy press conference on the opening day of the new MotoGP season Dorna CEO Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta and QMMF President Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah jointly announced the extension of the contract between the two parties which will see Grand Prix racing at Losail International circuit until at least 2016.

As history was made with the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar commencing under the desert circuit's newly installed floodlight system on Friday evening, it was a suitable occasion for the MotoGP rights holders and the Qatari federation to cement their relationship with their continued agreement – which saw the first GP in Qatar in 2004.

A delighted Mr. Al-Attiyah commented, "We are very proud to announce this deal and we look forward to welcoming MotoGP to Qatar in the years to come. This is an important day for Qatar, for our federation and for the development of motorsport in our region. I want to thank Mr Ezpeleta for the confidence that Dorna have shown in us in extending our contract and allowing us to host the first ever night-time Grand Prix."

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