Qatar: MotoGP 15th Anniversary

March 3, 2018 by

MotoGP Celebrates 15th Anniversary At Qatar

The MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar is in its fifteenth year this year and the Losail Circuit Sports Club has decided to celebrate accordingly by hosting a  photo exhibition at Katara, titled “Speed and Rituals: Emotional Trials”.

The exhibition consists of a collection of 50 photographs taken by esteemed and renowned Italian motorsports photographers Gigi Soldano and Mirco Lazzari. The collection is currently on display and will be until 18 March. The exhibition is open to the general public and may be viewed at the Youth Hobbies Centre at Katara.

The Grand Prix of Qatar was first held at Losail back in 2004. In 2008, Losail made history when the circuit played host to the very first floodlit MotoGP Grand Prix ever.  At the time, the lighting of the venue was the largest sports venue lighting project in the world.

The very first night race in the history of MotoGP was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, which was raced in March 2008.

Capturing The Essence Of MotoGP

The photographs capture the magnificent history of MotoGP and include stills of some of the most exciting as well as emotional moments in the sport. And really, one would expect nothing less of Gigi Soldano, who is well-loved in the world of motorsports, and who has been capturing the sport’s magnificent thrills and spills for the last thirty years.

Soldano ascribes the alluring nature of his photographs to his desire to capture the soul of the motorcycle rider. Speaking at the inauguration of the exhibition recently, Soldano said that this was the most difficult part about photography but that it was obviously the only way to truly capture the spirit and essence of motorsports.

Lazari has been a motorsports photographer since 1989, and permanently switched to taking photographs of MotoGP racing in 2001. Lazari said that it was an emotional moment for him to see his photographs on display at Losail and that it reminded him of the wonderful nature of the experience of taking photographs of the races at Losail at night.

The official launch of the exhibition was attended by the elite of Qatar: LCSC Vice President and General Manager Khalid al-Remaihi, QMMF President Abdulrehman al-Mannai, QMMF General Secretary Abdulrazak al-Kuwari and Abdulaziz al-Qubaisi, who is a representative of the Youth Hobbies Centre.

The Losail Circuit is located just outside of Lusail, which is just North of Dohar, in Qatar.

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