Now for something entirely different. Who's up for a trip to Qatar for the start of the 2013 GP season? The Youthstream crew certainly isn't afraid of venturing into new markets. Will this be the first night motocross GP? We can't recall any previous night events on the World Championship circuit. - VMX
FUNCHAL (Portugal), 12 October 2012 – In Geneva, on Tuesday the 9th October, QMMF President, Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya, and Youthstream President, Mr. Giuseppe Luongo signed a long term agreement for the organization of the FIM Motocross Grand Prix of Qatar in Losail Motocross Circuit. Included in this agreement is not only the organization of the Motocross Grand Prix but also, and especially, the development of Motocross throughout the Middle East. At the outstanding circuit of Losail, within the existing structure used for the MotoGP, a Motocross Grand Prix circuit is being constructed for a night event which will be the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship on the first Saturday of March 2013.
Mr Giuseppe Luongo said, 'I would like to thank Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya for the trust given to our company and to our capabilities in promoting the FIM Motocross World Championship, together with his competent QMMF staff who are people full of passion for motor sport we will build a strong future for Motocross in the Middle East. The involvement and work made by QMMF in the Motorsport is overwhelming, and thanks to the passion of its President, Qatar will become one of the most important Motocross centres in the world. Holding the FIM Motocross Grand Prix of Qatar during the night will make this event unique and live TV broadcasting will allow it to be followed worldwide. This is a fantastic opportunity for MX fans to visit the sparkling Doha for a holiday during one of the best moments of the year with an average temperature of 28°.'
Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya said, 'Many thanks to Mr Giuseppe Luongo and Youthstream for providing us with this opportunity and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with them. The motocross circuit will provide a training ground to nurture talent across the region and holding the opening round will show young riders what is possible and give them the motivation to develop their skills. Once again we have achieved a milestone in the development of motorsport in Qatar and the Middle East in holding the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. We are renowned for firsts and it is with great pride that Qatar will bring the world its first night time round of the World Championship Motocross.’