Qatar Motorsports Academy launched during Pirelli Qatar Round

Friday, 26 October 2018 20:19 GMT

This project aims to provide a platform for young motorcycling talents of the region

Losail Circuit Sports Club, Aspire Academy and Dorna Sports have joined forces to launch the Qatar Motorsports Academy, a new project that aims to give young riders the tools to learn from the ground up and to be molded into future WorldSBK or MotoGP™ champions.

This partnership was officially presented at a press conference this Friday at Losail International Circuit as part of the Pirelli Qatar Round. Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 16 will be provided with a platform to learn the basics of motorcycle racing and gradually improve their riding skills.

Khalid Al Remaihi, Vice President and General Manager of Losail Circuit Sports Club (LCSC), Markus Egger, Director of Sport and Strategy for Aspire Academy, and former MotoGP™ and WorldSBK rider Jose Luis Cardoso, Head of Motorcycling at the Qatar Motorsports Academy, led the announcement ceremony at Losail.

Al Remaihi stated: "We have made this announcement because we know this country has huge racing talent. We have been working on this plan for some time now. We want to train young kids the right way with expert help coming from Jose Luis Cardoso and Aspire Academy."

Representing Aspire Academy, Egger added: “We have been talking 'what is the best way to get involved?'. In Qatar Motorsports Academy, our role is not technical. What we can do is look after the elite athletes' physical and mental condition. We have loads of expertise in this field”.

Cardoso, who raced in WorldSBK in 2005, said: “We will have testing in the program. We will have road and off-road situations with many different coaches from Qatar and Europe. They will teach them the right way. This kind of project is very exciting and challenging. We can make great work. We will have a great future for riders in this country”.