The lights will still be on, but it won't look anything like as impressive as this from now on at Qatar in MotoGP.
The lights will still be on, but it won’t look anything like as impressive as this from now on at Qatar in MotoGP.

From now on, it’s Moto3 and Moto2 during the day and the MotoGP lads are being sent out at sunset.

The main reason for the switch from the famously dark, floodlit spectacle of the big race in the middle of a desert is temperature. When the sun goes down, there’s a huge drop in Celsius and it can mean that tyres struggle to get up to the correct temperature. They can also fail to warm up evenly across the carcass of the tyre itself.

So to combat this, Dorna has pulled to race action forward on the timetable so that the heat that remains in the track, is used.

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Here’s how the schedule looks for 2020 (UK times shown):

Friday, March 6:

8.50 – 9.30 FP1 Moto3

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9.45 – 10.25 FP1 Moto2

10.40 – 11.25 FP1 MotoGP

13.10 – 13.45 FP2 Moto3

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14.05 – 14.45 FP2 Moto2

15.00 – 15.45 FP2 MotoGP

Saturday, March 7:

8.25 – 9.05 FP3 Moto3

9.20 – 10.00 FP3 Moto2

10.15 – 11.00 FP3 MotoGP

12.20 – 12.45 Q1 Moto3

12.55 – 13.10 Q2 Moto3

13.25 – 13.45 Q1 Moto2

13.50 – 14.02 Q2 Moto2

15.00 – 15.15 Q1 MotoGP

15.25 – 15.40 Q2 MotoGP

Sunday, March 8:

9.40 – 10.00 Warm Up Moto3

10.00 – 10.30 Warm Up Moto2

10.40 – 11.00 Warm Up MotoGP

12.00 RACE Moto3

13.20 RACE Moto2

15.00 RACE MotoGP



Tony Carter

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