Qatar’s season-opening MotoGP event will run until 2031, says race organisers Dorna
Every year, the international MotoGP season begins with a night race at the Losail International Circuit.
That tradition, which has been going on for some years now, is set to continue at least until 2031, with race organisers Dorna Sports extending the deal with Qatar until then.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and Khalid Al Remaihi, Vice President and General Manager of the Losail Circuit Sports Club (LCSC), made the formal announcement yesterday during a Press conference, reported The Peninsula.
Qatar’s Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali and FIM President Jorge Viegas were also present at the conference.
Dorna — the sports management, marketing and media company — took over the organisation of the MotoGP World Championship in 1991.
Al Remaihi said the Losail Circuit would undergo significant upgrade this year, with substantial enhancements made to the track, drainage systems and lighting quality around the 5.37km circuit.
“We're happy to announce that we've extended our contract until 2031. This is the longest contract we've made in our history. We don’t normally do this, but Qatar's staging of this event has given us the confidence about such a long contract extension,” Ezpeleta said.
“And yes, we'll continue to stage the season’s first race in Qatar,” he said.
Al Remaihi said the new deal is a reflection of Qatar’s love of bike racing.
“For Qatar, MotoGP is not just a business deal. For Qatar, it is a passion that we live,” Al Remaihi said.
Love bike racing. Although I am a permanent resident in Doha, I attended only 2 MotoGP races at Losail (during my first 2 years in the country) and stopped going ever since.
While it was nice for a little while to watch the riders doing 300 Km/h down the straight, It is not really exciting to me (and I think I speak on behalf of a lot of other fans) to stand at the start/finish line and practically try to watch the race through the big screens. Viewing areas should be created at various places around the track (as you can find in other venues around the world) so that you can see the live action you came for, or the number of visitors will continually decrease.
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