“The main thing for me was how much fun the race was. The last lap with Valentino was very exciting, we overtook maybe 4 or 5 times and that was very very nice...”

---Race winner & world champion Marc Marquez (post race interview)

How close was that race? We can’t remember how many time the leader changed!

Millions of fans were watching from all over the World. Pole Position Travel customers were watching from the Grandstands, from the Paddock and from our two VIP areas.

Thursday we had happy hours in both our 4* and our 5* Hotels. Great way to start off a fantastic weekend.  Being quite close to the track some customers took advantage of this and went up the track to catch some of the practices.

Friday more customers were arriving throughout the day.  A great to walk down to the local market and shop for local specialties (check out the spices!) and souvenirs, or simply relax by the pool…

You could almost feel the excitement when the bus turned up to take us to the track. We had a little time to freely wander around the paddock before our opening reception in our suite above the pits started. Some newcomers to the Paddock could not believe their luck getting their Pole Position Cap signed by the likes of Rossi, Marquez and Cal Crutchlow within the first hour of arriving!

While we worked our way through the superb local food, we had an exciting view from the terrace down to pit lane and the main straight. We were honoured to have three special guests joining us for the evening. The first was Cal’s dad Derek Crutchlow, who gave us his usual insights “from the horse’s mouth”. There were not too many comments about his new Ducati uniform making him look Father Christmas!

South African Brad Binder from the Moto3 team Ambrogio was next along, telling us about his coming season and his experience of the track. Englishman Sam Lowes, the reigning World Supersport champion, gave us his first impressions of the circuit and his experience as a rookie in Moto2. The difference between Moto2 and the Supersport bikes is profound…

Many questions, answers, photos & autographs later we all wished Sam the best for his first season. Those of us in the Classic package got a second “bite” at Derek in the hotel bar…

On Saturday, while some of the group had yet another stressful day laying around the pool; the more intrepid group boarded some 4x4s driven by local experts for an attack on dunes that won’t soon forget our invasion...  One dune fought back and the driver managed to get stuck in sand up to the wheel well! Lucky these guys have the experience to deal with this and were on hand to tow us out. Sandra, knuckles already white from the experience, hadn’t had enough and stayed in the vehicle to enjoy the backward drive down the dune…  We made it to our desert camp by the shores of the Inland Sea, and enjoyed a BBQ and a dip in the sea, and perhaps an odd camel ride or two!

Back to the track in the evening, the qualifying sessions threw up some great results.  Rookie Sam Lowes grabbed an amazing 5th (remember, he had never been on this track!) and our own Jakub Kornfeil started his season right with a 4th.

But happy as we were with these results, it was MotoGP that amazed us. While no one was surprised to see Marc Marquez on the pole, Englishman Bradley Smith on the front row in 3rd position was a great kick off to his second season in motogp. Our guests of our partner team Go&Fun Honda Gresini were suitably impress as were the team with Alvaro Bautista took the second position!

Sunday started as another lazy day by the pool, going shopping or just chilling out at the souk...   This is why we love this event!

We all meet up again for trip to the Track. Our very popular game of lucky 7 was played on the bus with the winner to be announced on our return.

In Moto3 Jack Miller rode a great race to win over Alex Marquez. Great results for our sponsored riders: Jakub Kornfeil with his new Calvo team in 6th position less than a second from the first place, and the South African rider Brad Binder who managed to start the season with a point in 15th place. A few (notably Aussie!) of us made it to the podium ceremony, but alas Jack didn’t get the opportunity to pop a champagne on his maiden win as this is forbidden in Qatar.  Oh well, it was flowing free in the VIP!

Sam Lowes rode to a stunning 6th place for his first ever race and points in Moto2. WELL DONE SAM.  He did say to us after the race that it was a bit confusing for him with the shadows of his own bike. To watch him walking around the paddock you could see on his face how happy he was.  Sadly, a hard-fought 2nd place from Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami was disqualified for using a non-regulated air flitter.

If the MotoGP race was a sample of things to come, this season is going to be a cracker!

The cheers each lap for all corners on the track we amazing. We couldn’t count the number of time the leader of this race changed. Lorenzo, then Marquez, then Rossi, then Marquez… The Rossi/Marquez duel was a real thriller. We were running back and forth from the VIP area to the balcony to watch this battle. What an atmosphere! After a few moments to catch our breath after Marquez just managed to hold the final attack from Rossi, several of us headed again to the Podium.

Time for meeting a few more riders and collect autographs before we meet up again for the bus. Everyone agreed that that was one race to be at. After handing the winner of Lucky 7 a nice pot of money, we retire to the hotel bar once again for a few final midnight drinks, and a chance to swap our experiences from the weekend and plan for the next trip!

A weekend to remember!

- Mark Robertson, guide

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Lights, cameras, action!!!

losail circuit, doha, qatar 20-23 march 2014

Some reasons to go to the Qatar MotoGP

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Welcome to Doha!

The VIP Terrace

Sam Lowes


Roberto Bocchiolo (RB) Pole Position travel guide

Mark Robertson (MR) Pole Position travel guide

Cormac Ryan Meenan (CRM) Pole Position travel photographer

Special thanks to Moto2 rider Sam Lowes, Moto3 rider Brad Binder and Derek Crutchlow for sharing their experiences.

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A great race to start a great year!