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Showdown at sundown awaits riders on Saturday

Showdown at sundown awaits riders on Saturday

Final free practice and qualifying runs set for Saturday.

The second night of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar takes place on Saturday evening at the Losail International Circuit, as things hot up in the Persian Gulf. The final free practice sessions for all three classes will open proceedings, in preparation for the first qualifying session of the 2009 season.

History will be made in the premier class when all eighteen 800cc riders take to the track for qualifying shod with Bridgestone tyres. The 45-minute session will be the first to take place since the introduction of a single-tyre rule.

The man to beat in MotoGP appears to be Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner, the winner of the past two Grands Prix held in Qatar. Stoner set the early pace on Friday with a 1’57.053 lap of the track, although with the track becoming cleaner with every session times are sure to drop as grid positions are decided.

The 125cc class opens up the night action at 6.05pm local time, followed by MotoGP at 7.05pm and 250cc at 8.05pm. Following the same order, qualifying runs from 10.05pm to 12.05am.

As usual you will be able to watch the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar with a Hi-Res VideoPass, available for €12.95 on Hi-Res and standard VideoPasses for both the opening race and the entire 2009 MotoGP World Championship season are available in the VideoPasses section.


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