MotoGP - Ducati Try Riding In Darkness At Qatar - April 6th 2006
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Vast football-stadium style lamps illuminated the Losail racetrack from
the startline to the first corner this evening, to allow the three
permanent riders on the Security Commission (Valentino Rossi, Kenny
Roberts Junior and Loris Capirossi) try out the circuit during the hours
of darkness, to evaluate the feasibility of holding races at night. (The
test was carried out between 18.30 and 19.00, in full darkness).
Loris Capirossi took part in this interesting experiment, completing a
total of four laps on a road going Ducati 999R, the headlamps of which
proved to be indispensable for those parts of the track without the
benefit of artificial lighting.
"It would be possible to race here during the night but they need to
improve the illumination which, at the moment, doesn't allow us to ride
safely. Shadows, that depends on the light position, create some
problems and also braking markers are not clearly visible.
Anyway, if the lighting was improved, it would become possible to race
here at night.
If they would organize a night event, free practices would begin at 6.30
pm and all the rest of the schedule would be delayed as a result.
Before the next tests or next year they will illuminate all the track
and we will have the chance to test, in the dark, in better conditions
and with our own MotoGP bikes".