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The 2014 FIM Motocross World Championship starts this weekend in the deserts of Qatar. Racing on the GP scene will be incredible this season, as an impressive list of riders will compete in the MXGP and MX2 divisions. Can Antonio Cairoli withstand the attacks from Tommy Searle, Clement Desalle, Evgeny Bobryshev, and the returning Tyla Rattray? Will phenom Jeffrey Herlings defend his second consecutive MX2 title with the same dominance against the likes of a young, competitive class? We will see in the coming months as the series treks around the world and visits some of the most iconic venues in motocross history…
2014 MXGP Of Qatar Preview
Losail Motocross Track | Doha, Qatar
Length – 1595 meters (.991 miles)
Soil – Hard pack
Motorcycle culture is massive in the Middle East, and motocross has begun to flourish in the arid landscapes of Qatar. 2013 marked the first year the series visited the Losail Motocross track, one of the many layouts built at the Losail International Circuit located roughly 40km north from the thriving metropolis of Doha, and will again be the launch site for this year’s championship. Running at night is a shared characteristic of many automotive races held in the Middle East, and the MXGP of Qatar is no different. Hundreds of Musco lights flood the circuit and will make the already unique event even more spectacular. Losail International Circuit is a stop for MotoGP road racing, and the motocross teams pit in the same garage paddock.
Although the desert is not scorching hot in the early portions of the year, persistent day time winds zap any moisture from the ground. Track crews soak the soil throughout the day and their efforts become noticeable during the night’s action, when deep ruts and jarring bumps develop in the course. Add these to the track’s fast sections and massive leaps, and you have a course that challenges riders at the very start of the season.
Unlike last year, the GPs of Qatar, Thailand, and Brazil will not implement the “Super Final” format, where the top racers from the MXGP and MX2 classes faced off in a single, final race. Instead, we will see a traditional two moto format for both classes at all rounds of the 2014 season.
Get a feel for what we can expect from the MXGP of Qatar with a look back at the inaugural running in 2013.
For even more coverage from Qatar, visit mxgp.com