Spectcular Ceremony Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa commenced their final preseason test session at Losail this evening, experiencing for the first time the 5.380 km Qatari track's awesome new lighting system that...
Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa commenced their final preseason test session at Losail this evening, experiencing for the first time the 5.380 km Qatari track's awesome new lighting system that will illuminate the first-ever floodlit motorcycle GP on March 9.
Testing began at 6pm following a spectacular ceremony to turn on the unique lighting system, the world's largest permanent sports floodlighting project. The 5.4 million watt network is powerful enough to light up a road from Doha to Moscow!
Hayden and Pedrosa, still recovering from the broken right hand he sustained in January, complete preseason testing tomorrow night. Qatar GP practice commences on the evening of March 7.
Dani Pedrosa -- 8th 1:56.621
"The track seems to be well lit but there are a lot of shadows and it's very tiring on the eyes. I rode on my own throughout most of this evening's session, so I don't yet know how the floodlights will be in a race situation. Compared to the last test session in Jerez, my physical condition has improved, I still feel pain when I'm braking and the hand has swollen a bit, but it's better than it was at Jerez. It's been quite a difficult evening, we are struggling with the bike, we haven't found the right set-up, so tomorrow we will continue working to prepare a base set-up for the race weekend here, which is next week."
Nicky Hayden --12th 1:57.010
"I quite enjoyed myself, it's a little bit different, I thought it was pretty fun. We need to get faster but the actual feeling is quite good and it's a pretty cool experience. I haven't ridden with anyone yet to see how that's going to be, but as far as the lines and stuff, it's not really much different from daytime. I haven't had any problems with the shadows, just a bit of the glare off some of the lights is a bit strange, but the actual track, the grip, the tyres seem okay, so I think it's good. Last year we struggled a lot here so we basically started with our Jerez settings, just checking a few things right now and trying to dial it in".