Qatar seems to throw landmark races.
We had the controversy of arriving at the race track for the first race in 2004 to be greeted with Rossi being thrown to the back of the grid after his team were caught tampering with his grid spot and then being protested by the Movistar Honda team of Sete Gibernau.
Gibernau won a vital race that day and Rossi eventually crashed after scorching through the field from the back. Even a D'Antin Ducati got on the podium that weekend. Rossi said Gibernau would never win another race after that one, and he was actually proven right.
KTM teammates Mika Kallio and Gabor Talmacsi © DPPI
KTM imploded upon their own 125 championship success in the 2005 race, with Gabor Talmacsi beating Mika Kallio at the last yard. Three races later, Kallio lost the title to Thomas Luhti by the same five points he lost that day in the desert.