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Hour of truth approaches for MotoGP riders

Hour of truth approaches for MotoGP riders

Opening MotoGP round in Losail just hours away.

The waiting is almost over for MotoGP fans and riders alike, as with the arrival of nightfall the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar will officially open the 2009 season. Anything can happen in the World Championship, and an added air of unpredictability has been provided by the appearance of grey clouds above the Losail International Circuit and a blustery wind blowing at ground level.

Casey Stoner will start from pole for the MotoGP race, which headlines the nighttime action at 11pm local time. He lines up alongside rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo on the front row of the grid, as he aims to ‘do it with the lights on’ for a second consecutive season. His teammate Nicky Hayden will try to ride in the warmup despite some heavy back contusions picked up in a big Saturday crash.

The 125cc and 250cc classes take to the track at 8pm and 9.15pm, respectively, for their opening battles of the season, and in neither category will the reigning World Champion go home with the victory. 250cc titlist Marco Simoncelli sits out the quarter litre category race, whilst 125cc champ Mike di Meglio joins 250cc poleman Álvaro Bautista, Hiroshi Aoyama and Héctor Barberá on the front line. 125cc has a first timer on the top spot, with Julián Simón qualifying quickest.


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