Qatar Motorsports Academy was officially launched this month at the Losail International Circuit during the WorldSBK Pirelli Qatar Round and is due to kick off on 23 November.
The project was first announced during the Grand Prix of Qatar earlier this March in the presence of the three main partners – Dorna Sports SL, Aspire Academy and Losail Circuit Sports Club (LCSC). The academy aims to give young riders the tools to learn the basic of motorcycle racing and improve their skills, within a safe environment.
Khalid Al Remaihi, Vice President and General Manager of LCSC, said that the country has a huge pool of racing talents and they want to train young kids, from Qatar and abroad, the right way.
Aspire Academy, a well-known icon in sports education in Qatar, have seen an enormous racing talent in the country and are really interested and involved in the project.
According to Markus Egger, Director of Sport and Strategy at Aspire Academy, they have been talking about ‘the best way to get involved’.
At QMA, 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.‘
Former MotoGP and WorldSBK rider José Luis Cardoso, who now heads motorcycling at QMA, has vast experience in motorsport and is very excited about the opportunity to build a new generation of riders in Qatar.
There will be theoretical and practical lessons in all types of tracks with experienced instructors leading them at QMA. These lessons will take place every Tuesdays and Saturdays. For the development of motorcycling activity, the academy will add physical preparation and nutrition to complete the high level and well-rounded programme.
Cardoso said the project is very important for Qatar and Losail Circuit Sports Club and they are working on a very exclusive and high quality programme that is sure to be successful. Boys and girls between 8 and 16 years old will have the opportunity to learn the elite sport of motorcycling.
A family open day will be held on 23 November for all the participants who have previously registered on the website. Online registration is still available at lcsc.qa/qma.