Four-day schedule for Qatar MotoGP

The opening event of the MotoGP season in Qatar will be spread over four days to ensure that all sessions take place in the same lighting conditions

Four-day schedule for Qatar MotoGP

The race times at Losail have been moved forward by an hour this year - when the MotoGP race now starting at 10pm local time - in response to concerns that moisture was forming on the track later in the evening and causing accidents.

But that has meant a reorganisation of the rest of the weekend schedule to avoid the morning sessions taking place in notably different lighting conditions to qualifying and the race - as Friday and Saturday's first practice and the Sunday warm-ups might have done had their start times also been put forward.

The grand prix weekend will therefore begin at 6pm local time on Thursday 17 March, with two practice sessions for 125cc and Moto2, and one for MotoGP, happening before 10.35pm that evening.

Friday night sees two more practice sessions for MotoGP and one apiece for the feeder categories.

Saturday's action commences with the three qualifying sessions, after which 125cc and Moto2 will have their warm-up sessions - a day before the races themselves.

The MotoGP warm-up is saved for Sunday evening at 6pm, followed by the three races.

The MotoGP teams will already be present at Losail several days in advance, as their final winter test takes place at the circuit on 13-14 March.

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