Today, took place the press conference for the announcing of the 2013 FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship that will be organized at Losail Motocross Track on 1st and 2nd March 2013.
In the press conference, there were present Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya (QMMF President , LIC General Manager, FIM Vice President and FIM Cross Country Commission) and Mr. Giuseppe Luongo (President of Youthstream).
This international event will be organized for first time in Qatar and Middle East and a part from being the first round of the opening 2013 season it will be also at night under lights for first time.
This year, the FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship will be formed by 19 rounds, opening round in Qatar in March and ending in Germany in September. In 2013, Youthstream will manage a total of 30 Motocross World Championship events and first time in Qatar.
The Losail Motocross Track is located next to the Losail International Circuit and it will be a permanent track to host more rounds in the future.
Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya stated in the press conference that he is very happy to have this World Championship in Qatar and have this opportunity to bring this event in Qatar and Middle East. 'This is a great value for us and for our agenda and we really look forward to built a culture of this motorsport in a strong way as we did in MotoGP before, so I think this is a good achievement for both parts to reach a goal to create a motocross culture in this region' Mr. Nasser said. Qatar is trying to be a model for many countries and we are here to develop the Motocross passion. We are very proud to host this event for first time and at night.'
Giousepe Luongo wanted to thank Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya for his hospitality and his love for this sport to have this dream happen. ' The work to prepare the track is massive and the progress is very good and I am sure to have here one of the best grand prix of the world. I know we will achieve it like he already done with MotoGP' he said at the conference.
Mr. Luongo said that or Motocross it is very important to be in Qatar and Middle East because it is a sport becoming more and more popular and is one of the sports easy to reach by young children . He thinks that is fundamental to be in Qatar as the quality of the events organized in Qatar is great. Luongo is very sure that it wll be a successful event, as we have new ingredients and formulas, after long time we have a good television coverage and it will be broadcasted worldwide and live tv.
For first time a Motocross Championship will take place in Qatar, event organized by Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation at the new Losail Motocross Track.
The Losail MX Championship will consist of 5 rounds with two different motorbike categories competing in this championship: MX1 (from 175CC to 250CC 2-stroke and from 290cc to 450cc 4-stroke) and MX2 (from 100cc to 125cc 2-stroke and from 175cc to 250cc 4-stroke).
The first round will be this friday 15th February at the Losail Motocross track. This new track is built just next to the Losail International Circuit and the access to the MX track is from behind the main grandstand. The track activity will start at 10:30 with the free practice and two races will follow, race 1 at 13:00 and race 2 at 15:00. In all the session both categories will compete at the same time.
Immediately after two weeks time, there will be the FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship. The Qatar roundwill be the opening round of the 2013 season on the 1st and 2nd March at Losail Motorcross Track.
This round has generated a lot of expectations in the motor fans not only because It will be the first MXGP in the Middle East but also the first ever Grand Prix celebrated at night time.
Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah, QMMF President stated that he is very happy to bring the FIM MX1/MX2 Motocross World Championship to Qatar and first time to Middle East and looking forward to built a culture of this Motorsport in a strong way, increasing the Motocross passion in Qatar.
Youthstream President Mr Giuseppe Luongo, FIM/CMS Director Dr Wolfgang Srb and QMMF President Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya hosted a welcome press conference this afternoon where they presented the Grand Prix of Qatar to the national and international media. All the parties expressed their satisfaction of having made the Grand Prix of Qatar a reality and they are all looking forward to a bright long-term cooperation.
Mr Giuseppe Luongo explained that having a Grand Prix in Qatar is a very big step forward for the growth of the FIM Motocross World Championship and he thanked Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya and his crew for the fantastic job they have done to organize this Grand Prix in such a short period of time. Mr Luongo explained that he has full confidence on Mr Nasser Khalifa Attya and his team, as they have already proved how professional they are organizing the MotoGP for many years, so the Youthstream president said that he was sure since the beginning that the MXGP of Qatar would be a big success.
FIM/CMS Director Dr Wolfgang Srb summarized his feelings and thoughts with just one word "Thank You". Dr Srb, as well as Mr Luongo, expressed his full gratitude to Mr Nasser Khalifa Attya and his crew for being so professional and for making this Historical event a reality. This weekend's Grand Prix of Qatar will be the first one hosted in the Middle East, it will be the first one celebrated at night under the floodlights and it will also be the first one hosting the new Super Final format with both MX1 and MX2 classes racing together.
QMMF President Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya expressed his satisfaction for hosting this unique event and he is determined to help motocross to grow in Qatar by promoting the sport hosting national series and supporting young talents. Mr Nasser admitted that motocross is not a well-known sport in the Middle East, but he is confident that in the near future there will be young Qatari riders racing at the highest level, as there are now in road racing.
After the welcoming press conference, QMMF President Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya was surprised by the unveiling of a Kawasaki Racing Team motocross bike featuring the colours of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycling Federation. Mr Thierry Chizat-Suzzoni, owner of the KRT team, presented the bike to Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya and he expressed his satisfaction for wearing the colours of QMMF at the MXGP of Qatar and he hopes that the whole team makes a good performance this weekend. Gautier Paulin, third last year in the FIM MX1 World Championship, and Jeremy Van Horebeek, third last year in the FIM MX2 World Championship, gave two signed racing shirts to Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya as a sign of gratitude for supporting them at the Grand Prix of Qatar where they will both race in the MX1 class.
The media activities continued in a traditional Arabic tent where the top MX1 and MX2 riders had the opportunity to learn more about the Qatari culture. A traditional Qatari group welcomed the MXGP riders in the tent with a traditional dance with swords and after that, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Ken De Dycker and Marchetti Racing's Davide Guarneri were not scared to ride the camels that were taken there specially for them.
Mr Giuseppe Luongo and Mr Nasser Khalifa Al Attya joined the MXGP riders in the Arabic tent and they all had the opportunity to hold a falcon on their arms and they could see how a Henna lady tattooed some of the people present at the Media Event.