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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Gentlemen, Start Your . . . Headlights!

I've been a sceptic of tomorrow's Qatar MotoGP since it was announced last year that it would be held at night under the track's floodlights, but after just watching the live qualifying session, I have to admit that I got it completely wrong! I thought that it was simply a marketing gimmick, and that at the very least would increase the danger to the riders going from patches of lit and unlit tarmac, but, as they usually do, the Qataris have thrown a ton of money at the Losail Circuit and the end result is a lesson to places like Silverstone and Donington Park. It looked fantastic, and the floodlit track gave the bikes a totally different look. An added benefit was that almost all the riders chose to wear un-tinted visors, so you could clearly see the concentration and commitment they were giving. I'm looking forward to tomorrow evenings race, and if you're even the least bit patriotic, you'd tune in at 8 0'clock and cheer on Britain's James Toseland who starts from 2nd on the grid.




Can't even stay upright on a pushbike meself. Used to go to the TT on the Isle of Man and remember a bike and rider sailing over my head on a bend. I think he broke a leg.

Ron, apparently said...

Oh, Ill be watching. I liked Toseland in World Superbike on the 999 Ducati. Like anyone, I'm in awe of Rossi, but was happy to see Stoner win the championship last year on the Desmosidici.

Inchy said...

6th place? I'm well happy with that. Just hope Yamaha give that team the updates that the factory team get.

Ron, apparently said...

Pneumatic valves by the 3rd race of the season, i hear.