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MotoGP confirms Qatar night race- 3 Sep 2007 15:05:00

Motorcycling’s MotoGP Championship is to introduce its first ever night race next year after it was revealed that the Qatar event in March will take place under floodlights.

The Qatar MotoGP will take place on the evening of Sunday 9th March at the Losail circuit with the change in the start time meaning a more primetime slot for European television audiences.

A night race at the Losail has been on the agenda since MotoGP Safety Commission members Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Kenny Roberts Jr rode the track on street bikes at last year's Grand Prix.

F1 bosses have also been in discussion regarding switching one of the Grand Prixs to a night race given the huge boost it gives to European TV ratings.

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