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2015-03-29 09:23

MANY LAPS TO COME: Spanish rider Marc Marquez during qualifying for the 2015 Qatar MotoGP - seems the track has a long life ahead with the top league of motorcycling. Image: AP / Osama Faisal

ALAN BALDWIN

QATAR, UAE - Qatar will be part of the MotoGP championship for years to come and will have a say in any expansion in the Middle East, the sport's commercial head has said.

The Gulf state's floodlit night race at the Losail circuit will start the 2015 season on Sunday (March 29).

WAITING TO SIGN

Dorna chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta was quoted by crash.net as saying: "Qatar has become one of the traditional MotoGP dates. We have an agreement until 2016 and are starting to agree to the new period.

“It is just a question of signing sign officially. We can already say that MotoGP will continue in Qatar for many more years. Qatar is our organiser for MotoGP and WSBK (Superbikes).

"Anything we do in the Middle East will be in agreement with Qatar. If we have an approach from other countries in the Middle East it is something we will discuss with Qatar."

LOOKING AT MORE F1 GP

Qatar has hosted MotoGP since 2004 and is the only Middle Eastern venue on the calendar although Abu Dhabi has been mentioned as a possible venue.

Qatar has also expressed an interest in joining Abu Dhabi and Bahrain in hosting Formula 1 but Bahrain, the first Middle Eastern country in that series, effectively has a veto on regional rivals.

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