MotoGP at night is something spectacular

MotoGP 2017 is in full swing, and had a spectacular start under the Qatar night sky.
By Toni Börner

MotoGP is a spectacular sport in its own right, but when you stick 240bhp racing machines under night-time floodlights in the desert (and throw some rain into the mix), the setting becomes even more incredible.

Fresh off the back of the opening round of the 2017 season, and as we prepare for the second race of the year in Argentina, here are some of the best shots from the Losail International Circuit in Qatar...

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The Beasts
The 2017 MotoGP Bikes at the Qatar Grand Prix
The Beasts Those are the 2017 MotoGP bikes. That's around 3000bhp lining up on the main straight at Qatar. © Börner
The class of 2017
The 2017 MotoGP riders line up at the Losail International Circuit
The class of 2017 The 23 riders who’ll contest the MotoGP World Championship in 2017. © Börner
There is light at the end of the … gravel
MotoGP rider Jack Miller climbs a barrier after crashing in Qatar
There is light at the end of the … gravel Jack Miller had a little off during practice but came home in a strong eighth position in the race. Here he jumps the barrier to run back and jump on his second machine... © Börner
Keep an eye on your front end
MotoGP rider Marc Márquez on his Repsol Honda in Qatar
Keep an eye on your front end Marc Márquez enters the home straight of the Losail International Circuit using all the power he can get from his RC213V. The Spaniard put in a mature performance as well and took valuable points with fourth place. © Börner
Ready to Race
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MotoGP Team in their garage in Qatar
Ready to Race KTM debuted in the Moto2 and MotoGP classes at Qatar and is now the only manufacturer to be involved in all three GP categories. © Börner
End of the Media Shuttle service
A Media Shuttle car stranded in rainwater in Qatar
End of the Media Shuttle service It seems to be obvious that it never rains in Qatar – and when it does, the drivers are even more swamped by the conditions than the riders. This one plunged the media shuttle BMW into a puddle, causing the service to stop. © Börner
Hustle and bustle in the desert
Moto3 riders fight for position in the Qatar race
Hustle and bustle in the desert Moto3 fights are easy: either you are challenging for the podium – or you won't get points. Again, more than 15 riders battled it out at the front. © Börner
Rookie using elbows
The MotoGP field flies off the start line at the Qatar race
Rookie using elbows Johann Zarco made a strong impression by leading in his very first MotoGP race. The Frenchman did not show any fear of the big names around him and even collided with Scott Redding at the start, but crashed out of the lead after a couple of laps. © Börner
Getting the most is sometimes finishing in fourth
Marc Márquez in action during the Qatar MotoGP race
Getting the most is sometimes finishing in fourth Marc Márquez did battle with the race protagonists Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi, but had to settle for fourth. © Börner
A hard fight
The front of the MotoGP race in Qatar
A hard fight Eventual winner Maverick Viñales didn’t have an easy time regaining positions after losing ground at the start of the race. Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso didn't let him go until the last lap. © Börner
The next generation of battlers
Moto3 riders fan out during the race in Qatar
The next generation of battlers This is not a parade, this is Moto3! © Börner