For the second year running, the night sky around the Losail Motocross track, Doha, will be illuminated for the season-opening Motocross GP of Qatar on 28 February ‰ÛÒ 1 March.
The only night race on the calendar of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the event is also significant in being the first Grand Prix for the newly renamed Team HRC, the Honda works MXGP team formally announced on 7 February 2014 as the next chapter in Honda‰Ûªs increasing support of world motocross.
As was the case with last season‰Ûªs opener, the inaugural Motocross GP of Qatar, racing will again take place on Saturday night under the floodlights, as opposed to the usual Sunday afternoon slot.
Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev ran well at the sandy Losail circuit last time around, finishing an fifth overall.
"I really like the Qatar track and its design." Bobryshev commented in the lead up to the season opener. "The ground is good and it's a fun place to ride.
"I'm excited about the first race because, like the other riders, you don't really know where everyone is with performance until you get to Qatar and start the season. I'm going out a little early to do some training and get used to the hot conditions.
"The competition will be strong but we've had good preparation over the winter so it'll be interesting. After two months as Team HRC we have a good feeling, a lot of good support and one mission this season," he added.