Following months of speculation, the first round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is finally here! The Grand Prix of Qatar is a little unorthodox, as the event takes place at night on Friday and Saturday, which may make it a little harder for you to follow. Do not freak out though, because we are going to guide you through the weekend with our regular ‘Race Control’ feature. Everything that you need for round one of nineteen is below.
|89||Jeremy Van Horebeek|
|19||Thomas Kjer Olsen|
|66||Iker Larranaga Olano|
|172||Brent Van Doninck|
|15:15||MX2 Free Practice|
|15:45||MXGP Free Practice|
|17:15||MX2 Time Practice|
|18:00||MXGP Time Practice|
|20:00||MX2 Qualifying Race|
|20:50||MXGP Qualifying Race|
|14:30||MX2 Warm Up|
|15:00||MXGP Warm Up|
|17:15||MX2 Race One|
|18:15||MXGP Race Two|
|20:10||MX2 Race Two|
|21:10||MXGP Race Two|
|6th||Jeremy Van Horebeek||536|
– Where in the world is Qatar? That question has undoubtedly been asked a handful of times, but we are in the Middle East and three hours ahead of the United Kingdom. That means that we are two hours in front of mainland Europe and eleven ahead of Southern California. The timetable above is based on local time, so adjust it accordingly.
– Seeing as the Losail International Circuit is located in the desert, one would presume that we will be basking in glorious sunshine. We have narrowly escaped some rain, however, which has hit the region in recent weeks. Thankfully conditions will be dry and quite warm across the two days of racing.
– Who is going to be a threat for the respective titles this year? Our editor, Lewis Phillips, ran through all of that in our previews earlier this week. You’ll find the piece where we dissect the MXGP class here, then some statistics that revolve around the 250F division on this link.
– You, the fans, can feel more immersed in the action this year, thanks to Fox MX Manager. The fantasy game, which is based around the FIM Motocross World Championship for the first time, allows you to be a team manager and sign riders that fit into your large budget. Great prizes are available at each stop, like signed jerseys and tickets to the Motocross of Nations! You will also find a guide to the game here.
– How can you watch the action as it happens this year? A comprehensive television guide is here, but MXGP-TV is a great alternative. The online system, which requires you to pay a small fee, also streams the qualifying races each week! If neither of those options work for you, just follow our live updates across the weekend.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX